Site icon Ridgway RiverFest – Saturday, June 24, 2023

Festival Schedule

The Ridgway RiverFest is a family-friendly celebration of the Uncompahgre River, our watershed and river recreation 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 until the 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.

2023 Schedule will be released in May 2023



12 noon             Festival opens, including Silent Auction and 

                           Booths with giveaways, interactive learning, and more

Food & Dessert by Southern Belle, Sunrise Burritos & Snowbirds Craft Shaved Ice

Beer by Colorado Boy and Margaritas by The Liquor Store

12-12:30 p.m.   Race registration & Watershed talk on stage

12:30 p.m.        Emcee David LeBlanc introduction & entertainment

12:45 p.m.         Safety briefing next to river

1 p.m.                Races start on river

1:30-2:15 p.m. Ute cultural presentation by Roland McCook on stage

2:30 p.m.         Junk of the Unc competition on river

3 p.m.               Announcement of Winners of the River Races, Junk of the Unc and

Uncompahgre River Classic peak flow contest

3-4 p.m.           Live music by Jack Hadley Band on stage

3:15 p.m.          First Silent Auction Section closes

3:45 p.m.         Rubber Ducky registration closes 

4 p.m.               Rubber Ducky Race on river

4:15 p.m.         Live music by Jack Hadley Band on stage

4:15 p.m          Second Silent Auction wave closes

5 p.m.               Festival closes and sales end for drinks, food, silent auction, etc.

See you next year!


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