Face painting, solar oven cookie baking, rubber ducky capturing, and river race filming are some of the most creative volunteer needs of the annual Ridgway RiverFest. At least 12 people are needed just for those four volunteer assignments, and an additional 30 to 40 volunteers are required to produce the free community festival, scheduled for Saturday, June 24, noon to 5 p.m., at Rollans Park in Ridgway.
The nonprofit Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership (UWP) is bringing back RiverFest for its 15th year, and is seeking volunteers to work three and four-hour shifts. By producing the festival mostly with volunteers, UWP is able to both raise more funds to support watershed preservation activities and keep the event free to festivalgoers. The afternoon’s activities include watershed education, river races, live music, a Ute cultural presentation, and a silent auction. Plus food trucks, a beer and margarita stand, and a snow cone maker sell refreshments.
Other volunteer assignments include watershed education, race and volunteer registration, beer and margarita sales, silent auction monitoring, photography, and booth setup and takedown. Volunteers from 14 to 104 years old are welcome. Each volunteer receives a festival shirt and drink ticket as a thank you. People can sign up online at Signup, or send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Support RiverFest Through Sponsorship: $125 to $1,000
By providing financial contributions or donations of products or services for RiverFest, sponsors can feel great about many benefits for themselves and the community.
Watershed Stewardship: Support awareness of our rivers, water resources and the need for conservation, and fund important water quality and riparian area restoration activities
Community Outreach: Widespread community recognition before and at the event on banners, posters, event website, social media, and statewide media
Learn more about sponsorships. Sponsorship signup deadline is May 15.