Jimmy Riffle’s Gator Boys Road Show will be featured at this year’s Portfest Festival on Saturday, June 8.
Riffle can be seen on the television series Gator Boys airing on Animal Planet. He has also been featured on National Geographic, The Today Show, Inside Edition, Fox and Friends and Verminators. His documentary, In the Pit by Sean Lewis, was about Riffle’s childhood with alligator wrestling. He has been working with native and exotic wildlife since the age of 11 and has experience with gators, snakes, turtles, bears, exotic birds and big cats. Under the supervision of his mentor, Mike “Skeet” Johns, he learned how to identify, appreciate and respect native wildlife and the land itself. Becoming part of Animal Planet’s Gator Boys show has been a dream-come-true for Jimmy. His second passion is to bring his Road Show out to teach as many people as possible about animals and to give them a hands-on experience like he had. Riffle will have two shows during Portfest at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. followed by meet and greet opportunities. The shows are free with gate admission on June 8. Portfest tickets for June 8 are $10 before 4 p.m. or $15 after 4 p.m. Activities begin at noon with attractions for the entire family. Music on the main stage begins at 5:30 p.m. with the Larry Lee Cheshier Band followed by Eddy Raven and 7 p.m. and Jo Dee Messina at 8:30 p.m. Portfest weekend kicks off on Friday, June 7 with music starting at 5:30 p.m. featuring Riverbilly. Country greats John Conlee and the Bellamy Brothers will perform at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. respectively. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the gate for Friday’s show. For more info, go to www.portfest.org or contact the Newport Area Chamber of Commerce.