Ridgway Riverfest Wrap-up

Ridgway Riverfest Wrap-up

by Erik Dalton

Andy Bagnall Surfing The 3rd Annual Ridgway River Festival at Rollins Park in Ridgway, CO on Saturday, June 26, was a huge success and a great day of fun along the banks of the Uncompahgre River. Jagged Edge, as well as the Telluride Kayak School, event sponsors, were there with a fleet of demo kayaks and a series of free kayaking clinics to help introduce folks to the sport.

Junk of the Unc Race As midday approached and the temperature steadily climbed, it was time for a series of fun races open to all species of  river rats: down-river races for kayaks, racing kayaks, inflatables, and make-it-yourself contraptions to compete in the "Junk of the Unc" race. A kayak rodeo in the mid-afternoon rounded out the fun. Imagine whitewater kayakers competing on a set of waves for who could throw the best tricks and impress the judges the most.

The Ridgway River Festival ran into the evening with entertainment provided by three local bands and lots of local vendors selling food, beer and other River Festival essentials.  

A big thanks to the Town of Ridgway, the many other sponsors of River Fest, and all the hard working volunteers and participants who made it happen. Jagged Edge is already looking forward to the event next summer!

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