Friends of the Yampa Hosts 31st Annual Yampa River Fest May 26-30 Culminates with Paddling Life Pro Invitational Mon. May 30
Steamboat Springs, Colo. (May 13, 2011): With record snowpack waiting to come rushing down, the Friends of the Yampa announces the 31st Annual Yampa River Festival May 26-20 in Steamboat Springs, Colo., culminating with the Paddling Life Pro Invitational on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30.
Designed to raise awareness for and protect the 270-mile Yampa River in northwest Colorado, the last remaining major free flowing river in the seven-state Colorado River basin, the event promises a fun-filled weekend for the whole family, with slalom and downriver races, a kids activity zone, freestyle competition, dog events and more.
The event kicks off at 6:30 pm. Thurs., May 26, with a movie premiere of Raven Fork at the Bud Werner Memorial Library, followed by a registration party at SunPies Bistro in downtown Steamboat Friday evening.
After a 10 a.m. running race, the river action starts Saturday with a downriver race at noon, followed by a stand-up paddleboard race at Fetcher Pond and raft race. This is all followed by the popular Crazy River Dog contest, tube rodeo and freestyle kayak contest downtown. The action continues that evening with the Brian Smith band rocking the Depot, complete with burgers, a silent auction and more. The festival wraps up Sunday with slalom races at Dr. Rich Weiss Park.
On Monday, some of the best kayakers in the world descend upon town for the sixth annual Paddling Life Pro Invitational, brought to you by Steamboat in the Summertime, Chaco Sandals, Rocky Mountain Remedies and Rhino Rack. Other sponsors include Rabbit Ears Motel, Canoe & Kayak magazine, American Whitewater, Kokatat, New Belgium and more.
The event features a Class IV-V race down tumultuous Fish Creek followed by a freestyle contest downtown, with the best combined score winning the lion’s share of a $2,500 cast purse. That evening, the festivities continue with a riverside post party at Sweetwater Grill.
“It promises to be a great weekend,” says Friends of the Yampa president Ken Brenner, a former City Council president recently appointed to the Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District board. “It’s a great way to bring awareness to the river in our backyard, which serves so many vital interests, and we look forward to helping celebrate it with everyone in the community.”
Friends of the Yampa, Inc. is organized to protect and enhance the environmental and recreational integrity of the Yampa River, its basin and tributaries through stewardship, advocacy and education.
For more information, visit www.friendsoftheyampa.com