RIVERFEST 2022 NEEDS YOU!
By Chris Troyer
This year’s Riverfest is anticipated to be bigger and better than ever. A successful Riverfest is dependent on many volunteers. In past we have had over 100 people volunteering at various booths and activities. This year volunteer opportunities include Information booths, Merchandise Booths, Duck ticket booths, Kids Arts & Crafts, Set-up and Take-down, wiener Dog Race, Eating Areas, and Traffic Control. Each Volunteer will get a free volunteer T-shirt. Pickup will be on Wednesday, May 25th at the Civic Center. To volunteer simply click on the link below to complete the volunteer application. Once you submit your application you will be presented with a page where you can choose the volunteer area and shifts. When you finish you will receive 2 emails: one with your volunteer information and the other with your volunteer assignments. Each email will contain a link where you can update your profile or cancel or change your shift assignments. The Volunteer Coordinator will send out an email to all volunteers a week prior to the event to remind everyone of their shifts and of the Volunteer Orientation and T-shirt pickup. Hope to see you at Riverfest 2022.
By Chris Troyer
The River Reach Foundation will participate in celebrating Earth Day on Saturday, April 23rd at the Nature Center from 11:00am to 2:00pm in Animas Park. Activities will include:
- Making Seed Balls
- Creating art from recycled materials
- Walking tours of the park
- Xeriscape Demonstration
- Seed Savers will be giving away seeds
- Tree planting
- Tree Wrapping (to protect trees from beavers)
- Farmington Clean and Beautiful will have other fun activities
Be sure to stop by the river Reach Foundation Booth and say hi.
RIVERFEST RALLY RAFT PARADE
AND COSTUMER CONTENT
By Cody Dudgeon
The annual Riverfest in Farmington has become an iconic opening to summer for the people of northwest New Mexico and throughout the Four Corners states. With live music, art shows, kids activities and crafts, and lots of amazing food, the celebration of spring draws tens of thousands of people each year. This year the River Reach Foundation and Desert River Guides rafting company have added one more event for those visitors to enjoy. A Raft Parade and Costume Contest. Open to anyone with a craft to float the river and a life jacket to stay safe, participants should have their boat/craft at the Animas Park river access near the Farmington Regional Animal Shelter and ready to launch before 11 a. m. on Sunday May 29th. Some people might want to float from the Penny Lane access down and park their boats on the rock bar above the Animas Park put-in to extend their trip. Rafters will launch their craft in full regalia and costumes and float through Berg Park for Fun and Spectacle. While passing through the area of the Veteran’s Memorial, judges from the River Reach Foundation and the public will critique each boat for theme, creativity, and participation (I.e., is everyone on the boat dressed up). The raft with the most points will win a Riverfest Rally trophy paddle and will be announced at 3pm in Berg Park the Little Pavilion.
If you or your organization does not have access to a river craft, you can contact Desert River Guides to sponsor a raft in the parade. Anyone who sponsors a raft for the parade can bring up to 10 people to float that day. You can also bring a sign or banner with your organization’s name and contact information to display during the parade. You will need to supply your own costumes, but DRG will provide lifejackets and a guide. If you want your guide to match the theme of your costumes, you might want to bring them something to wear. Remember costumes need to be visible while wearing a life jacket or be worn over the life jacket. For more information about the parade please contact DRG at 505-427-7734 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will respond as soon as possible.
For those who are not interested in the parade and just want to float the Animas River anytime during Riverfest, Desert River Guides is offering a special starting Friday 5/27 at 10 am and running through our last launch approximately every hour. Come see them at the tent by the put-in that weekend or give them a call. Desert River Guides will be rafting on the Animas and San Juan Rivers all summer long, if you can’t float with them during Riverfest check out the Desert River Guides Website or call them at 505-427-7734 about price and availability of all their fun and beautiful tours. See you on the river.
ANIMAS RIVER CLEANUP
MAY 14, 2022
By Cody Dudgeon
Desert River Guides, City of Farmington Parks and Recreation, and Farmington Clean and Beautiful are working together to prep the river trails from the River Reach Terrace down to the Miller Street Bridge take-out. Volunteers will meet at Desert River Guides (119 E Pinon) to get trash bags and supplies at am on Saturday, May 14th. Those who prefer to walk the trails will walk “upstream” towards the River Reach Terrace. Floaters will be on rafts and pulling up on the banks to grab trash and debris on the river. They will continue downstream to the takeout. At 11:00 am, volunteers can meet back at DRG for T-shirts.