RIDGWAY – Join the Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership in a celebration of community, water, and education at the 7th Annual Ridgway River Festival at Rollans Park this Saturday, June 28.
The day-long celebration opens with a river blessing by Roland McCook, descendant of Chief Ouray and Chipeta, followed by river races, children’s activities and a silent auction. The afternoon will be topped off with a live performance from Mike Gwinn and the North Fork Flyers.
Visitors from all over the Upper Colorado River Basin come to enjoy this fun and unique annual festival, known for its family and pet friendly venue catering to outdoor enthusiasts. At the Kids Eddy, children of all ages participate in a hands-on learning center where they learn how to cast a rod, play with aquatic bugs, and learn how a watershed works.
The event also features a White Water Rodeo for adults, including the popular “Junk of the Unc” race where families put together unique watercraft.
Adventure film enthusiasts can get into the flow of the River Festival on Friday evening, June 27 with UWP’s Wild Water Films & Fundraiser event at the Sherbino Theater, featuring a night of exciting kayaking short films, door prizes, and silent auction items provided by NRS, Osprey and more.
Featured films include Walk on Water, in which a skier paralyzed in a skiing accident turns to kayaking to escape his wheelchair; CASCADA, in which a group of adventurers search the remote Mexican jungle for the perfect waterfall; Of Souls + Water, tracing the stories of five moving characters that connect viewers to the human story and to the larger world around us; and The Remains of a River, a visually stunning documentary following two young men on a 1,700-mile hiking and paddling journey on the Colorado River, from Wyoming to Mexico. Films start at 7 p.m.
For more information about the Ridgway River Festival, visit ridgwayriverfestival.org, like the event on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Ridgway-River-Festival or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.