Sunday, May 6, 2007 – Downtown Riverside was busier than usual this past weekend as both ends of Main Street hosted separate 3-day events.
At the south end near the Riverside County Courthouse was the 9th annual “Show and Go” classic car show. Produced by Riverside East Rotary, the car and cruising event has steadily grown to showcase several hundred hot rods. Title sponsor for this year’s event was Riverside-based K&N Filters.
Just 5 blocks north down Main Street was the 2007 “Home & Garden Show” at the Riverside Convention Center at Raincross Square. The event featured everything from home improvement services to backyard patio and kitchen products. The show encompassed the entire interior of the convention center as well as the outdoor plaza adjacent to the Marriott.
Although having the event spill out into the outdoor plaza helped entice folks strolling nearby into the show itself, it also displayed the need for an expanded convention center, which the city hopes to accomplish as part of the Riverside Renaissance Initiative.
At 50,000 square feet, the 31-year-old Riverside Convention Center is half the size of the 10-year-old Ontario Convention Center. And although its interior is in relatively good shape, the exterior is indeed a bit bland and could use a face-lift.
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