2016 Ridgway RiverFest sponsors needed

The Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership (UWP), the Ouray County nonprofit focused on protection and restoration of the Upper Uncompahgre River Watershed, is seeking sponsors for the 9th annual Ridgway RiverFest “Celebrating our Watershed” to be held on Saturday, June 25, 2016, in Rollans Park, Ridgway, Colorado. Sponsor support is necessary to ensure successful production of this valuable outdoor festival, which brings attention to and educates the community and its visitors about local water resources.

The RiverFest is not only a fun, family-friendly riverside festival, but it is a key fundraising event for the nonprofit, which is involved in mine remediation projects, environmental restoration, water monitoring, and various community outreach events. As always, this year’s RiverFest will feature all-age river races, educational and cultural activities, live music, local food and beverages. We are also working on a search and rescue demo on the river. Plus, we are expanding our water education booths and youth activities.

New this year, UWP is an Enterprise Zone nonprofit, making most financial donors eligible to receive a Colorado tax credit of 25 percent of their donation and most silent auction and other products and services donors eligible for a tax credit of 12.5 percent.

RiverFest information and sponsorship forms can be found at ridgwayriverfest.org/sponsors. An online payment option is also available at that web address. Sponsorship levels range from $100 to $1,000. The exclusive Class V sponsorship has already been generously donated by Alpine Bank.

Vendor booths are also available at the RiverFest. Vendor information can be obtained by emailing ridgwayriverfest@gmail.com.

UWP depends on and appreciates all Ridgway RiverFest supporters who help connect the community and visitors to each other, our water resources and a love for the outdoors. For more information, call or email Ridgway RiverFest Coordinator Tanya Ishikawa at 303-325-3010 or ridgwayriverfest@gmail.com