Site icon Ridgway RiverFest – Saturday, June 29, 2024

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 FESTIVAL SCHEDULE – Saturday, June 24, 2023


11 a.m.              Early bird Buy-It-Now Sale at Silent Auction

12 noon             Festival opens, including Silent Auction bidding and 

                           Booths with giveaways, interactive learning, and more

Food & Dessert by Martin’s Tacos, Blue Ribbon BBQ,

& Snowbirds Craft Shaved Ice

Beer by Colorado Boy and Margaritas by El Agave Azul!

12-12:30 p.m.  Introduction of Emcee extraordinaire Colin Sullivan

Race registration at UWP booth

12:30 p.m.        Watershed talk on stage

Race registration ends

12:45 p.m.         River race safety briefing next to river

1 p.m.                Races start on river

1:30-2:15 p.m. Jazz by Yaz on stage

2:30 p.m.         Junk of the Unc competition on river, grand prize sponsored by

Mountain Trip

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 The Last Spike on stage co-sponsored by Ouray

County Performing Arts Guild

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

         Rubber Ducky Hunt registration closes 

3:30 p.m.          Rubber Ducky Hunt in riparian tree grove sponsored by Black

Hills Energy

4:00 p.m. Rubber Ducky Hunt winners announced

4:05 p.m.         Live music by The Last Spike on stage co-sponsored by OCPAG

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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