RiverFest on the Deschutes
Maupin, Oregon. Saturday May 25 and Sunday May 26 2013
“CELEBRATING WILD FISH & WHITE WATER ON THE LOWER DESCHUTES RIVER”
We invite you and your family to visit Maupin on the Lower Deschutes River for a day of terrific live music, great food, fun, family-friendly activities on Saturday, May 25th from 10am – 6pm at the Oasis Riverview Campground. Free Admission.
Additional Sunday, May 26th activities include.
Saturday at RiverFest
The day begins with a 5k/10k Walk/Run along the Deschutes River from 9:00am – 10:00am. Talented and popular regional bands will play all day long, featuring music that the whole family will enjoy. A variety of food & beverage vendors will satisfy any hunger, and your eyes can feast on the artwork of art vendors. You can take a mini raft trip on the Deschutes, and then cast some single & double-handed fly rods at our casting pond. Professional casting instructors will assist you and inspire you, too! Other outdoor recreational gear & equipment will be displayed and available for purchase.
Youngsters can enjoy our inflatable bouncy house and kids/teens/adults can challenge our climbing wall. Wildlife displays and environmental education groups will share their knowledge with people of all ages. There are also participatory art activities for children.
Admission to RiverFest is free and every guest receives a Free Raffle Ticket. Prize drawings are held every two hours for valuable prizes. Winners who are present get to choose their prize; those not present are mailed a prize, so you don’t have to be present to win!
Sunday at RiverFest
We have a busy Sunday with a Half Marathon beginning at 9:00am with registration from 8:00am – 8:45am. The Half Marathon begins at Maupin City Park and goes down river 6.55mi to the turn around and return to City Park. All running will be done on the river side of the road for traffic/runner safety.
Maupin Community Church will also be doing their Church Service at RiverFest from 9:00am – 11:00am, with lots of singing and some teaching too.
The SOLV River Clean-up, an annual part of RiverFest begins at 9:00am with an orientation at the Imperial River Company Lodge on the banks of the Deschutes in Maupin. This year we will be cleaning up the Sherars Falls Area. Equipment and supplies provided free of charge. Leadership provided by All Star Rafting, the Bureau of Land Management and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. Following the clean-up, a free BBQ luncheon will be served to all volunteers at the Imperial River Company Lodge
Important News about RiverFest on the Deschutes
Maupin's signature community event.
After six years of conducting a quality, successful family friendly event, we are announcing two significant changes that will enable RiverFest to grow for years to come.
First we are merging with the Maupin Area Chamber of Commerce. This strategic alliance will "institutionalize" RiverFest so that the responsibility for planning, conducting and sustaining this event will rest with a formal, funded and staffed organization (rather than a few dedicated folks).
Secondly, in reponse to many of our business sponsors, we will be changing the date from Fall to a Spring event. RiverFest 2013 will happen on Saturday, May 25th (Memorial Day Weekend). This date change has enable RiverFest to develop into a weekend long event with many new activity options. A Spring date is also more beneficial to our sponsors for marketing purposes.
To accomplish these two significant changes, we will not have a RiverFest in September 2011. The additional time will be used to smoothly merge the two organizations so that RiverFest 2012 and beyond is a sucess. We will also use our stakeholder mailing list to communicate important developments. We'll also have a revised website up and running, maupinriverfest.com