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Escape the heat and join us for a “cool” weekend!Tired of the heat? Join us for tons of fun in one of the “coolest” places in Colorado for the Gunnison River Festival! Kayaking, art, food and fun!Come “Celebrate Our Rivers” at the Gunnison River Festival.

RAFTING, KAYAKING, & BIKING:

FREESTYLE KAYAK CHALLENGE – Loops, space, godzillas, and grinds. Need we say more?

BOATER X – Been to a motor cross race? Same thing – just with kayaks. Expect carnage!

TAYLOR RIVER DOWN RIVER RACE - 400 cfs on the Upper Taylor! Raft or kayak through this beautiful canyon!

COMMUNITY RAFT RACE AND RACE A RAFT – Rafters and runners team up for a race to the finish for the coveted golden paddle!

TOWNIE BIKE RACE - Costumes, townie bikes, chaos! And it’s free! Yes free!

LONGBOARD CONTEST - Sound insane? It is! Watch these geographically challenged surfers charge it. Don’t tell them they’re in Colorado, it justconfuses them.

FUN FOR KIDS & PETS:KIDS CLIMBING WALL COMPETITION – For kids that like some adventure! Climb the 25 foot wall and enjoy the view from the top!

KIDZ ZONE - Especially for kids! Moon bounce, games, and activities for kids of all ages.

FOAM BOAT RACE – Remember the pine box derby? Try making a kayak out of foam and race it on our extreme course!

SIDEWALK CHALK CONTEST - Show off your art skills and your appreciation of rivers with this water themed sidewalk chalk contest!

GUNNISON VALLEY ANIMAL WELFARE LEAGUE – Dunk-a-Dog Contest - Wear your dog out with a variety of fun events!

ART, FOOD, & MUSIC:“CELEBRATION OF RIVERS” ARTIST RECEPTION AND READINGS – Visit the Gunnison Gallery for a great displays of art celebrating our rivers.Poerty and prose readings will add to the diversity of visual art submitted.

GET YOUR SWING ON! – Join us Friday night for a great time at the Gunnison Arts Center with the Swing Doctors!

GUNNISON FARMER’S MARKET - Farm fresh produce, baked goods, meats, and prepared foods.

FABULOUS FOOD - As you feast your eyes on fantastic river activities, don’t forget to treat your taste buds to a savory snack and refreshingbeverage from one of our many vendors. New Belgium on tap!

MORE LIVE MUSIC – Join us for the “White Trash Party” and awards ceremony on their outdoor patio and enjoy the glorious Gunnison night sky. Bring your dancin’ shoes and your best costume!

DUTCH OVEN COOKOFF – Show off your Dutch Oven skills or sample some delicious campfire specialties.

BLACK CANYON BLUEGRASS NIGHT – Get your bluegrass on with Greensky Bluegrass Band @ The Eldo in Crested Butte

RIVER AWARNESS WEEK:STATE OF THE UPPER GUNNISON PRESENTATION Learn about the water quality and quantity issues in the Upper Gunnisonand how local organizations and agencies are working to protect local waters for future generations of locals and visitors.

COAL CREEK WATERSHED COALITION – Join for this fun and interactive hike and water quality sampling demonstration.<p>STANDARD MINE HIKE – See all the improvements through the EPA’s remediation efforts at the Standard Mine.

HIKING TOUR OF THE PEANUT MINE – Take a leisurely stroll through the restored Peanut Mine site and hear about the efforts made to restorethis site.Event schedule is subject to change

– please check www.gunnisonriverfestival.com for the most recent schedule of events. Check our website for details on event locations!

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Anthony Poponi, [email protected], (970) 596-7496,234 N. Main St. Suite 3C, Gunnison, CO 81230.
 

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I am stoked for this event. Should be a fun "Back to School" end of the season get together. I am definitely psyched about the Taylor Race.

Anthony needs Freestyle Judges, if you want a hotel room for the weekend and can no the difference between a trick nasty and McWu you should email him and he will set you up.
 

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Gunnison River

Nice job keeping this together, I am going to try to swing in there somehow.

Much love,

Matt Parker
 

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I'm excited for Gunny this year - It's going to be a great event. Good cash prizes too!

If anyone is interested in how the feature looks I'll be posting pictures within a few days.

Parkito!!!! That would be sick if you somehow made it here for the fest!
 

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im not sure where that is. SOUTH bank is the takeout for the upper and the launch for the middle, NORTH bank is a USFS campground on the opposite side of the river, but there is no ramp or any kind of boater access there, thats why they built south bank...... probably a typo....
 

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Taylor race will be from the commercial put-in for the upper Taylor (just above Initiation and below Tod's Slot). Take out will be South Bank (bridge take-out above Harmel's).
 

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About the Community raft race: Along with the Community Raft race is the Race-a-Raft foot race. Starts and ends at the same place. One is on the river and one folows the road. Can you beat the rafts down to the take-out? Just guessing- it is about a three mile run.

Contact Anthony for more info. [email protected]
 

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so where it it that people meet on Sunday if they want to race on the Taylor? At the put-in? The website says the "North Bridge" Thanks.
 

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Strut your stuff

SAturday Aug 16---
Community raft race- 8:30 am @ North bridge Put in. Raft for fun with individual style or be competitive to win the Golden paddle. Competitive prize is a night at the WONDER HUT accessible from Monarch pass. Get your work group working together and promote your bussiness in this fun race/parade of boats. Boats and guides provided unless you have your own and have a guide that is Colorado certified.

Register for all other events 9:am - 11:am @ the Gunnison White water Park

Kayak Rodeo ---ALL DAY

Captain Black Boater X----1pm Short race ( 200 yards?) touching cones on either side of the river (portage?).

BYOB (Build your own boat race)--- Fun exhibition @ the Gunnison White Water Park -------carnage expected..................

Sunday 8:30m registration for Taylor Down River Race. Rafts and kayaks welcome. Extra 100 cfs promised out of taylor Dam. Initiation to South bank. Register @ 3 rivers (Almont) 8:30 am Race @ 9am


 

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Extra 100 cfs promised out of taylor Dam.
how long will that exta release last? noon? all day? could we come up directly after the race and enjoy the extra 100 cfs or are they shutting it off after you guys are done? and if thats the case, can we boat down as the race is going, and just hang in the eddies for the racers to go by?
 

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BLOOD MONEY

What the F is up with accepting money from the Lucky Jack????
I dont think they give a hoot about the best intrests of our watershed.
Im thinking of boycotting......
 

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Good, you fucking hippie, protest and dont show up, then we wont have to listen to your incorrect, useless anti mine rhetoric! keep your fucking meadow muffin politics to yourself and do us a favor- make sure none of the rest of you granola eating dong bags spoil an event simply with your mis-informed bullshit.

heres whats wrong with what you're bitching about: a mine is going to go in someday on Mt Emmons. Theres no way around it, some day prices will go so high that they wont be stopped by a bunch of yuppies who MOVED HERE from elsewhere and suddenly think they know whats best for OUR valley (our being the people that were born here, who have spent their whole lives here and understand Crested Butte was FOUNDED ON MINING and that nothing would be here without mining). And you know what? Ultimately its going to a be a foerign company that does it, they wont have any regard for environmental procedures, theyll just come in and do it and they wont give a shit what you say, and then suddenly you will be wishing JACK was back!

the real problem here is: they Lucky Jack is TRYING to outreach to the community- obviously you missed it- but they gave money to the hospital AND the local school district! they are trying to help, trying to show us they can be friendly, its just your lame ass jerk offs from CB (who again, have MOVED HERE from elsewhere) that keep resisting them!

I for one am EXTREMELY grateful that they chose to give money to this event, and anybody that doesnt feel at least somewhat appreciative of it shouldnt be allowed to attend the festival anyway!

Have you ever heard the phrase "dont bite the hand that feeds you?" if you are going to protest this event, then youre also going to need to give up your mountain bike, give up you car, give up your kayak, anything that pretty much has metal in it, because if you dont want a mine in CB then you shouldnt be for mining anywhere else, and unless you go full out youre just a royal HYPOCRITE. so shut up and dont come to our event, where hardworking local folks will be appreciating the fact we CAN have a festival, without people sponsoring it then we wouldnt be able to have it you fucking hippies!!!!!!!
 

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Sunday 8:30m registration for Taylor Down River Race. Rafts and kayaks welcome. Extra 100 cfs promised out of taylor Dam. Initiation to South bank. Register @ 3 rivers (Almont) 8:30 am Race @ 9am
Is South Bank the pull out in Almont off of 135? Or is this run entirely up in the Canyon? I have never paddled on the Taylor and I want to check it out this week sometime. Thanks.
 

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Liam- the first hole is small and easy, good for beginners. the 2nd hole is steep and rowdy, with a bouncy pocket. people have been throwing down though.......

Mike- its entirely within the canyon, from the standard commercial put in to South Bank, which is just up (about a mile) from Harmels Resort, which itself is about 7 miles north of almont. I will be on the Taylor thursday afternoon and friday sometime, if youre in the area i'd be more than happy to boat with ya and show ya the lines! give me a shout or PM me

casper- yeah, its really just a bunch of yuppies that WANT to be hippies, but they have so much misinformation and theyre basically equating the word "mine" with "bad", automatically, without looking into the subject at all! and it really is a shame, because the mining company is obviously willing to give a good portion of money to this event, its just a slap in the face to them if you dont go!
 
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