Third annual Ridgway River Festival June 26

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From The Telluride Watch:

One of the festival’s most popular events is the whimsical Junk of the Unc race. Sure to inspire shoreline laughter, this competition invites novice and experienced boaters alike to launch homemade vessels into the water and demonstrate their river-worthiness. Boaters will attempt to successfully float one quarter of a mile from the Rollans Park foot bridge to the eddy just south of the railroad bridge. Most any vessel is acceptable and awards are given for creativity. Start designing and building your vessels now…

A variety of river events will round out the rest of the River Festival, including boat races in three categories (racing kayaks, inflatable crafts and whitewater kayaks), as well as a whitewater rodeo. Registration for all events will take place at the event, at a well-marked picnic bench in Rollans Park from 9 to 11 a.m. Participants can also register before the festival by downloading the River Event Form online at Contestants are encouraged to bring their American Canoe Association card with them to receive discounts on registration fees.

For more information or to volunteer, visit the official Ridgway River Festival website,

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