Get Involved

Be Part of the Celebration – Volunteer!

To make this amazing free community outdoor festival happen, we need 50 to 60 volunteers throughout the day. Ridgway RiverFest volunteer shifts are mostly three or four hours though there are a few shorter ones and you are welcome to sign up for two shifts. Assignments range from race registration to drink service, photography, setup, takedown, face painting, race coordination, and more.

Please go the RiverFest Volunteer SignUp site to pick your assignments and shifts. Each volunteer gets a free RiverFest shirt or commemorative metal drink cup by klean kanteen (and a free drink) as a thank you!

Searching for our 2020 Food Vendors!

Each year, the Ridgway RiverFest hires a couple great businesses to provide fun food for our festival goers. The Ridgway RiverFest also features awesome handcrafted beers from local breweries. Our 2018 Beer Partner was Colorado Boy Brewery in Ridgway. Plus, our famous RiverFest Margaritas will be back, on the rocks or blended with Glenda the Blenda bike with donations from The Liquor Store in Montrose.

For food vendor information, view and download  2019 Ridgway RiverFest Food Vendor Guidelines & Application. You can also contact Tanya at ridgwayriverfest@gmail.com or leave a message at 970-325-3010.

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Nonprofit and Vendor Booths Welcome!

The Ridgway RiverFest as a community festival strives to include many local nonprofit partners who share important information with festival goers. Our list of 2017 nonprofit partners will be coming soon.

To find out how nonprofit and commercial booths can be reserved for the RiverFest, please check out the 2019 Ridgway RiverFest Booth Application

We Couldn’t Festiv-ate without Our Sponsors!

The RiverFest is produced by the Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit devoted to protecting the economic, natural, and scenic values of the Upper Uncompahgre Watershed.  Sponsor commitments are due by May 15 to get full sponsor benefits. Sponsorships and donations including silent auction items will be gladly accepted after May 21, though some promotional benefits may not be available at that time.

Learn more on our Sponsor Page.

River Races – the Main Events!

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 Ridgway RiverFest features:

  • Junk of the Unc homemade boat competition
  • Rubber Ducky Race (or Rubber Ducky Hunt during extremely high flows)
  • Three boat race categories: inflatables, hard shell boats, and stand up paddle boards.

Learn more on our River Races Page.

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