OLD TOWN, Maine — Caught between a storm and a hurricane, this weekend’s edition of Old Town’s annual fall festival might have been a rain-fest instead of a Riverfest.

Although the sun didn’t come out to play on the Penobscot riverfront, lots of people did.

“We’ve been lucky,” volunteer Frank Greenleaf of Milford said Saturday. “Everything’s gone really well.”

Plenty of people braved the gloom to enjoy the parade, demonstrations by the University of Maine Woodsmen’s Team and the chance to paddle on the Penobscot River. Area youths were having an especially good time.

Scott Parr, 12, of Old Town said he had never had the chance to go kayaking before.

“Today’s the first time I’ve ever been in one,” the Leonard Middle School seventh-grader said, waiting next to the river for another turn. “I took off pretty good at it.”

The canoes and kayaks, loaded with kids, zipped around the placid river like brightly colored water bugs.

Another youngster was inspired by the ambitious wood sawing he witnessed.

“I think it’s good and it’s fun to watch,” said Colin Rutherford, 6.

Small and sober, he watched the sawdust settle and the long cross-cut saw fly in the capable hands of the UMaine students — and allowed that he’d like to try his hand at sawing the logs one day.

That’s the point, according to Sven Pulsifer of the Woodsmen’s Team.

“We’ve had a bunch of kids be really interested,” the sophomore said. “They saw with us and then take the piece of wood with them.”

Riverfest was going well, according to the young woodsman.

“It’s fun and really good to see all the community supporting us.”