11th annual Ridgway RiverFest – Saturday, June 30, 2018
The Ridgway RiverFest is a family-friendly celebration of the Uncompahgre River and our community with all-age river races, live music, local food and drink, kids’ activities, watershed educational and cultural programs. The highlight of the day is the infamous “Junk of the Unc” race in which boaters maneuver their craft, constructed from scrap materials not intended for river travel, through whitewater rapids and others’ junk, trying to keep it all intact for the 0.5 mile finish line.
RiverFest is produced by the Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership, a Ouray County nonprofit watershed group dedicated to helping protect the economic, natural, and scenic values of the Upper Uncompahgre River Watershed.
9-10:15 a.m. River race registration
10:00 a.m. Silent Auction bidding begins
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Watershed Education demonstrations including River Bug Science, Renewable Energy display, Fly Fishing instruction, etc.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Kids Eddy activities: snow cones by Voyager Youth Program, Fish Footprint Art Project, face painting, and more
10 a.m.-6 p.m. Food by Full Tilt Saloon and Guru’s Nepalese Restaurant
Beer by Colorado Boy & Margaritas by Glenda the Blenda
10:30 a.m. River race safety briefing
11:00 a.m. Safety Rope Bag toss contest
11:30 a.m. Inflatables Race- Bring any inflated floating craft from inner tubes, kayaks and air mattresses to beach balls and other
12:30-1:30 p.m. Ute cultural presentation by Regina Lopez-Whiteskunk & Native American flute performance by Norman Lopez
2 p.m. Junk of the Unc homemade river-craft race
2:30 p.m. Rubber Ducky Race
3-6 p.m. Live Music by Sugar & the Mint
4:30 p.m. River Race Awards Ceremony
5:00 p.m. Silent Auction bidding closes & winners pick up items
6:00 p.m. Music and Festival end