thought for the day...
What is Bailey Fest?
Bailey Fest is a gathering to celebrate the whitewater on the North Fork of the South Platte River. Last year I brokered a deal with Denver Water to coordinate Denver Water deliveries on the north fork on a scheduled weekend so that boaters could plan out a time to come to the river. I think the North Fork is a great river as its got good runs for class III, IV, and V boaters alike and has a variety of options. You can go as easy or hard as you want.
After the deal was made, my next thought was that this called for a PARTY! I thought about what makes a good river party... a classic river, good flows, a great takeout party with free food and beer, a nice group campsite for boaters to congregate. With those thoughts in mind, the ideas for Bailey Fest started to gel. 2010 was a good kickoff year, and I'm looking to take things up a notch for this year. As I contemplated a party, I realized I needed help. AW, Jackson kayak, Confluence Kayaks, Whitewater Tube Co., and Oskar Blues Brewery all stepped in to help with planning and funding. All are big assets to the boating community! Thanks!
What Bailey Fest is not... Bailey Fest is not a race, it is not a competition, it is not a contest. There are already a ton of these types of events in CO that are big crowd favorites. I wanted to do something with a different slant.
What Bailey Fest is... Bailey Fest is a Party that celebrates collaboration, coordination, and comradarie, and mostly a good time on the river. I wanted Bailey Fest to stand out as a fun event that focused on having fun on an off the river in a community setting. I wanted Bailey Fest to be something that everyone could enjoy and participate in. My mental model for Bailey Fest was Gauley Fest (although I have never been, only read about it). What really struck me about Gauley Fest was the combo of a classic river with a huge party... sounds like a great recipe to me.
The key to success of Bailey Fest is attendance... Good attendance shows user demand to denver water, shows value to sponsors, and shows the viability of the event for the future. If we want Bailey Fest to be around for years to come... show up this year and make it happen!
Thanks to the folks who came last year, and to those that have offered thanks and encouragement for this year.
Looking forward to another great event!