Ridgway RiverFest – celebrating our watershed

Saturday, June 29, 2019


The Ridgway RiverFest is a family-friendly celebration of the Uncompahgre River and our community with all-age river races, live music, local food and drink, kids’ activities, watershed educational and cultural programs.  The highlight of the day is the infamous “Junk of the Unc” race in which boaters maneuver their craft,  constructed from scrap materials not intended for river travel, through whitewater rapids and others’ junk, trying to keep it all intact for the 0.5 mile finish line.

In addition to be a great way to connect the community to the watershed, RiverFest is the main fundraiser of the Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership. Proceeds from this annual event allow our Ouray County nonprofit to help protect the economic, natural, and scenic values of the Upper Uncompahgre River Watershed.

TENTATIVE 2019 FESTIVAL SCHEDULE – Stay tuned for an updated schedule soon.

9-10:15 a.m.                  River race registration

10:00 a.m.                      Silent Auction bidding begins

10 a.m.-4 p.m.               Watershed Education demonstrations including River Bug Science, Renewable Energy display, Fly Fishing instruction, etc.

10 a.m.-4 p.m.               Kids Eddy activities: snow cones by Voyager Youth Program, FREE face painting, solar oven cookies, and more

10 a.m.-6 p.m.               Food by The Ice Box and Ouray Cafe & Steakhouse; Beer by Colorado Boy & Margaritas by Glenda the Blenda

10:30 a.m.                      River race safety briefing

11:00 a.m.                      Safety Rope Bag toss contest

11:30 a.m.                     River Races: SUPS, Kayaks, and Rafts (we do not recommend inner tubes this year due to high flows)

12:30-1:30 p.m.            Ute cultural presentation by Regina Lopez-Whiteskunk & Native American flute performance by Norman Lopez

2 p.m.                              Junk of the Unc homemade river-craft race

2:30 p.m.                        Rubber Ducky Race

3-6 p.m.                          Live Music by Sugar & the Mint

4:30 p.m.                        River Race Awards Ceremony

5:00 p.m.                        Silent Auction bidding closes & winners pick up items

6:00 p.m.                        Music and Festival end