Harpers Ferry Outdoor Festival
Harpers Ferry Outdoor Festival
by Michael Moore, Sponsorship Coordinator
June 16th marks the 9th Annual Tim Gavin Downriver Race and Harpers Ferry Outdoor Festival. The festival will be held at the KOA Kampground in Harpers Ferry, WV, beginning at 2:00pm.
We will have lots of good food, kid friendly games, and live music from 2:00pm until 10:00pm.
We are pleased to announce that Riddim House recording artists Jah Works will be performing from 7:00 to 9:30pm. It promises to be a wonderful afternoon and evening of events.
In addition, we will have a large silent auction featuring outdoor gear from retailers such as Mountain Surf, Immersion Research, Confluence Watersports, and Kokatat, just to name a few. Last year we had 53 contributors to the silent auction, and we hope to grow this year.
The festival is proud to raise money to support our benefactors, Friends of the Shenandoah River, Friends of the Cheat River, Friends of the Blackwater River, and West Virginia Rivers Coalition. The Shenandoah River was recently named the 3rd most endangered river in the country, primarily due to urban sprawl, uncontrolled run off from building and nutrient loading, all leading to declining water quality and yet unexplained fish kills. Both the Blackwater and Cheat Rivers are under threat of logging and development, and loss of habitat for rare and endangered species that make these canyons their home.
West Virginia Rivers Coalition is the watchdog for our state's rivers and we are happy to welcome them as our newest benefactor. We support their endeavors to protect our state's natural resources, preserve water quality, and monitor and, hopefully, solve the reason for fish kills in the Potomac and Shenandoah basins.
The Tim Gavin Downriver Race is held on the Shenandoah River, beginning at River and Trail Outfitters raft trip launch area in Millville, WV at 1:00pm.
Registration will be held from 9:00am until 11:30am at the KOA Kampground.
River and Trail Outfitters will be providing shuttle to the river, leaving promptly from the KOA at 12:00pm. The race is set to begin at 1:00pm, ending up on the Potomac River at the mouth of Piney Run Crazy Creek (to the locals).
Shuttle will be provided for racers back to the KOA and will the racers will be entering the festival at no charge. There is a $5.00 entrance fee for non-racers, however, people camping at the KOA Kampground will be granted free entrance to the festival, as well as a 20% discount on the cost of camping.
Tim Gavin was a local kayaker who drowned on March 29, 1998 on the Upper Blackwater River. His influence was strong, his passion for rivers contagious. He is missed but never forgotten.
The members of the festival are proud to promote and protect the rivers and canyons Tim loved, in his name.
Please log on to www.harpersferryoutdoorfestival.org for more information. We hope to see you there, and remember, "We All Live Downstream!"
Editor's Note: Michael Moore would like to add: "To all of our race day volunteers - we could not pull this event off without all of your support. You know who you are, words cannot express the gratitude for all of your hard work.