A friend of mine who works for DW (but was not involved in the festival) also told me that there was a lot of internal buzz about BaileyFest and all are pretty happy about how it is turned out. It's good to see Denver Water get excited about this!
Good to see that the DW folks enjoy helping out paddlers. They have been really good folks to work with over the years. In my experience DW set the proverbial high water mark for water providers working with recreational interests.