Riverfest returns June 29

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Article Published: May. 29, 2013 | Modified: Jun. 30, 2013
Riverfest returns June 29

From left, Wendy Patoprsty and Tommy Lee prepare a parade at 2011’s Riverfest in Valle Crucis Park.

Photo by Frank Ruggiero

Riverfest 2013, a festival celebrating the Watauga River and the High Country’s natural resources, will take place at Valle Crucis Community Park June 29, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will be free and open public.

Following a successful collaboration with Appalachian Voices for the past two festivals, Watauga River Partners is returning as the presenting organization for this year’s Riverfest.

Riverfest will be activity-based and loaded with strategies for reducing your impact and learning about the High Country’s natural resources. There will be demonstrations, hands-on activities and information for youth and adults on environmental topics.

Entertainment includes live music, storytelling, exhibits and other activities. But most importantly, according to organizers, participants will go home with skills needed to reduce their environmental impact.

About Watauga River Partners

Watauga River Partners formed in 1999 as a chapter of the Western North Carolina Alliance in response to the growing pressures on the water quality of the Watauga River and its tributaries.

The purpose of the organization is to educate the community about the Watauga River and to promote conservation and rehabilitation of the river.

Watauga River Partners’ efforts to protect the Watauga River serve communities along the 60-mile stretch of river.

According to WRP, “The Watauga River is, perhaps, the most outstanding natural resource of the North Carolina High Country, where it is a center for outdoor recreation, a site of scientific research, a fragile ecosystem that is home to endangered species of aquatic life, a source of high-quality water, and a contributor to local and regional economies.”

For more information about the Watauga River Partners or Riverfest, contact Ashley Wilson at (828) 278-9660 or (ashley@wataugariverpartners.org)

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