Riverfest 2022 Recap
Riverfest 2022 was a huge success after missing the last two years because of the COVID pandemic. Gloria Lehmer’s sponsorship team raised over $70,000 by 39 Corporation and local business donations and sponsorships. She did a fantastic job! Riverfest’s overall event donors and sponsors were Basin Coordinated/ Home Health & Hospice and KSJE 90.9 FM. Our main partners were the city of Farmington and the Chamber of Commerce along with Clancy’s, San Juan County, the Farmington Indian Center and Rio del Sol Kiwanis. A complete list of the companies is included in this newsletter as usual, the Wiener dog races, the duck race, the Gourd Dance, and Joe Tohonnie & the White Mountain Apache Crown Dancers were huge hits. The Desert River Guides provided rafting along the Animas River, and we also held our first River Raft parade which provided a lot of excitement to say the least! There was something for everyone this year as we had 65 arts and crafts vendors, 27 food vendors, and 42 non-food vendors spread throughout the park. There were 17 bands, a magician, and a yo-yo exhibition by Luke Renner.
The trails were really crowded and that is something the Foundation along with the City of Farmington will be looking into for next year. They will also be exploring ways to expand better handicap access to the center of the park. Finally, congratulations to the duck race winners! First place of $2,000 went to Arnold James, second place of $1,000 went to Kelly Ho, and third place of $500 went to Kaibah Gorman.