Entries are coming in for the RiverFest 2011 "Anything that Floats Parade" at French Broad River Park on Saturday, August 13 from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m. and proudly sponsored by Prestige Subaru and Southeastern Sports Medicine. So far, registered teams include The Blackbeard Buddies,Happy Holidaze and non-profits like The French Broad Fall Fest.
We expect about 50 more, and it's not too early to register your team. Gather your co-workers, family, friends, etc., get out the glue guns and duct tape, and be creative in crafting your floating work of art.
Winners are declared in categories including most creative, best use of recycled materials, ugliest, best theme, funniest, and people's choice. A prize for the overall best float will determined by our panel of judges. Put-in is at Hominy Creek Park; takeout is at the festival.
The registration form is available by clicking here. The only rules are that the vessels must float and be powered by wind, muscle, sun or other non-motorized activity and removed from the festival grounds upon completion of the race. The deadline for registering "yachts" for the "Anything That Floats Parade" is Wednesday, August 10. There is no better way to advertise your cause and your creativity and have so much fun in the sun!
One of Riverfest's best features is live music by the French Broad River. Headlining this year's event is the Josh Philips Folk Festival, but local bands can get in on the act as well. A local battle-of-the-bands style contest, the RiverFest Music Showcase, will feature three local favorites as voted on by listeners of 98.1 The River. The crowd favorite wins $500 worth of gear from Musician's Workshop and recording time with Whitewater Recording. Visit www.981theriver.com/ for more information on submitting and voting. Check out the Josh Phillips Folk Festival by clicking here.
In addition to a great musical lineup, RiverFest offers local beer from Craggie Brewing, food from Luella's BBQ, Jason's Deli, Blue Daisy Café and Brioso Fresh Pasta. Asheville favorite Ultimate Ice Cream providing cool dessert treats.
Asheville Aerial Arts will perform their gravity-defying stunts and local hula-hoopist extraordinaire MelMac Pink will return to dazzle the crowd between musical acts.
RiverFest offers lots of fun for kids, too, with face-painters, art supplies, and animals from the Western North Carolina Nature Center to touch and learn about. Kids can also ride, skate, walk, run, and skip in costume in the Kids Parade.
Proceeds from RiverFest benefit RiverLink. RiverFest is sponsored by Prestige Subaru and Southeastern Sports Medicine.