TOWN OF RIDGWAY: Ridgway River fest returns
Friday, 28 June 2013 16:02
By Bill Tiedje
The sixth annual Ridgway River Festival will be held Saturday, June 29 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Rollans Park.
From old favorites including "Junk of the Unc," the homemade "junk" boat race, to new events such as the "Ducky Race," the day will offer a wide variety of fun watershed-related activities to raise funds for the Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership and the MOSAIC Community Project.
Kayak races start in the morning and include white water, hard shell and inflatables. American Canoe Association members should bring membership cards to the ACA-sanctioned event for reduced entry fees, as well as their helmets and life jackets.
LIve music starts at noon by the Douglas and Heather Band until 2:00 p.m. Papagoya, from Fort Collins, takes over at 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Junk of the Unc will be held at 2:30 p.m. To enter, teams must construct a floatable boat or raft out of "junk" and safely race down river. Anyone can enter and prizes will be distributed.
The Kid's Eddy tent will host kids' activities such as baking with a solar oven and building fiber baskets. Other organizations such as UWP, the Tamarisk Coalition and American Whitewater Association will also have tents offering educational opportunities and watershed information.
RIGS fly shop will be running tube rides down the Uncompahgre River. Local businesses have also donated items for a silent auction to raise funds to be split between UWP and MCP projects.
UWP supports river restoration projects such as reseeding and fencing installation. MCP funds will support "Big Ideas" grants which offer matching support for art and environmental projects throughout Ouray County.
Volunteers are still needed and will be rewarded for their efforts with free drink vouchers. Sponsorship is also still needed; e-mail
for more information.