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By Jill McQueary
Special to TALON 

Riverfest 2017

Riverfest Memorial Weekend is here! Bring the family out to Berg Park for a fun filled weekend starting Friday to Sunday.

 

Riverfest Memorial Weekend is here! Bring the family out to Berg Park for a fun filled weekend starting Friday at 5pm and going until 5pm Sunday. Each year over 26,000 people come to enjoy the all-outdoor event, river trails and the beautiful weather.

There's something for everyone: live music at multiple venues, food vendors, wiener dog races, river rafting, car and truck shows, arts and crafts, American Indian Expositions, disc golf, and much more. Visit the beer and wine garden for a welcome break when you need an adult beverage and a relaxing atmosphere. A new venue this year is the Recycled Fashion Show. The fashion conscious can show off their recycled fashions or come and possibly get new ideas.

Cody Dudgeon, Vice President of the River Reach Foundation, said, "I joined the River Reach Foundation because I've been a raft guide for 12 years. I believe that the commitment the Foundation has made to conservation and stewardship is a benefit to the entire region. Rivers are the life-blood of our community. Events like Riverfest help expand the local communities dedication to the protection of our waterways."

The Riverfest Duck Race takes place Sunday afternoon at 3pm at Willow Ditch at Rocky Reach Landing. Proceeds from the race go to two nonprofit organizations: Rio del Sol Kiwanis and the River Reach Foundation. Kiwanis fund Kiwanis Clothes for Kids that is held each November. Approximately 300 of the most in-need elementary children in San Juan County and the NE corner of the Navajo Nation are selected by their teachers to receive $100 each in new school clothes. The River Reach Foundation proceeds will benefit the expansion of river trails. The duck race tickets are $5 each and can be purchased at 7 to 11 Stores or at the information booth at Riverfest. First place prize is a $4,000 dream vacation.

Be sure and check out the engraved custom paver brick booth. The pavers can be customized with your business logo, family name, civic organization, or as a memorial to a loved one or a pet. They will be located at the River Reach Terrace, a highly visible location for all river walk visitors to see and enjoy every day of the year. All proceeds from the pavers will go towards river trail development.

Riverfest started back in 1987 as a festival to celebrate the recognition of a new trail built along the Animas River. Approximately 500 people attended the two-day event. The Parks Department, the River Reach Foundation, and private donations have created something that has become a signature event in Farmington.

For a complete listing of all the activities offered all 3 days of Riverfest, visit http://www.riverreachfoundation.com

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