Site icon Ridgway RiverFest – Saturday, June 24, 2023

River Races


Rubber Ducky Race

Win a Soak & Stay package for two people for one night at Ridgway Lodge and a day pass to Orvis Hot Springs in the 2022 Rubber Ducky Race. Rubber Ducky entries will be one for $10 and three for $20. Purchases begin at noon on June 25 at Rollans Park, and purchases close at 3:30 p.m. The race is at 4 p.m.!

The Main Events at RiverFest

Everyone who comes to the Ridgway RiverFest has a chance to get WET and enjoy the river. You can wade in the eddy and along the riverbanks or play on your watercraft in the middle of the river. For those who are more competitive, we have a few river races you can join.

The winners of the Junk of the Unc and River Races win a prized RiverFest award, handcrafted by Ridgway artist Joanne Taplin and donated by Canyon Bridge.

2022 Junk of the Unc

Thrills and spills await brave boaters as they maneuver their junk craft through the Uncompahgre River at Rollans Park toward the finish line, about 100 feet downstream.  Winners must cross the line with most of their junk intact. During low flows, Junk competitors should plan for the possibility of carrying their craft through the low water to get to the end of the course! Get tips and lots of information (including rules) on what it takes to compete in this wacky race on the Junk of the Unc page.

For 2022, one special Junk of the Unc prize will be awarded to the craft with the best use of reused or recycled materials: a HALA Carbon LeverLock Adjustable SUP Paddle donated by Marisa Murphy.

See bottom of page for registration info.

2022 River Races

Typically during June, we can have three race categories: Hard shell (kayaks and canoes), Inflatables (rafts, inflatable kayaks, and inner tubes), and Stand Up Paddle Boards. Groups and individuals compete against each other in each category. This is a casual community race where camaraderie and fun are more important than winning!

Race Registration

Racers register at the UWP Volunteer & Information Booth on the day of RiverFest, between 12 and 12:30 p.m. in Rollans Park, Ridgway, Colorado.

REGISTRATION FEES for the Boat Races and Junk of the Unc:

$20 for 1 race

$30 for multiple races

$5 for each additional boat member

FREE for festival sponsors ($250 or higher sponsorship levels)


Racers are required to bring their own Watercraft, PFD, Helmet, and Appropriate Footwear, plus Registration Fee.


Get a FREE festival shirt when you turn in your race bib

$15 for each additional t-shirt (discounted from $25)

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