The Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival returns July 23-24 with a full line-up of events – Canon City Daily Record

The 12th Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival returns July 23-24 and is set to be bigger and better than ever.

Events begin at 4 p.m. on July 23 and 7:30 a.m. on July 24 and run late into the evening on both days.

Held in the renovated, family-friendly Centennial Park, the festival combines boats, bands and beer for a weekend of fun, whitewater-powered events.

“This year we will be hosting all the events,” said Chris Moffet, President of the Royal Gorge River Initiative Organization and Co-Chair of the Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival. “The Royal Gorge Race is back, the Build Your Own Boat Race is back, the Duckie Dash is back. All the events that we couldn’t do in 2019 because of the high water will be there. “

The festival was completely canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We have some exciting new events,” Moffet said.

The festival mantra is “Boats, bands, beer and bikes!” »Because it offers events in white water and on land. It will also feature SUP races, kayak races, non-competitive floats through the park, competitive team events, 5K and 10K running events, 5K and 10K mountain bike run / race. , a SUP parade and a climb with a fabulous descent.

“All Hands on Deck will be really fun,” Moffet said. “If it floats, bring it and float through town on it.”

The Grand Fermont County Floating Rodeo will also feature people floating through town, but the ‘dragons’ will try to tag participants to ‘get them out’. The first person among all “dragons” will receive a $ 100 gift card to Cañon City Brews & Bikes.

Groups fill the weekend program with live music all day and night. This year’s lineup includes local favorites and Colorado must-sees, Citizen Jones, Leadville Cherokee, Kelli Said, Texas Creek Panic, and Rockslide. Local bands Six Bucks and a Flight, Frady Cats and Adam Ashley will round out the lineup.

“Bring your SUP, raft, duck, mountain bike or running shoes and take part in the Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival. There really is something for everyone, ”Moffet said. “The festival is a great addition to an extended trip to the region. Stay and play before or after the event by taking advantage of one of the area’s many amenities and / or recreational opportunities, such as the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park, the Wineries, the Royal Gorge Route Railway, 62 miles of singletrack, and more.

The Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival was created to celebrate the summer season, the area’s whitewater opportunities and to raise funds for the whitewater kayaking and recreation park. From its humble beginnings, the park now boasts a world-class slalom course, three waves of play and a much improved river corridor in the heart of downtown Cañon City.

Rick Harrmann, Event Co-Chair, thanks the sponsors who made this year’s event possible.

“There was a lot of effort this year more than ever from committee members to get sponsorships because we didn’t know what was going to happen,” he said. “There was a lot of effort, a lot of uncertainty, but it all went incredibly well. There is an incredible amount of support for the event this year.

Proceeds from the festival go to Royal Gorge RIO (formerly Whitewater Kayak Recreation Park or WKRP). This non-profit organization supports the continued expansion of Whitewater Park, river restoration and community causes. Profits also go to the Fremont Community Foundation, which provides funds to other nonprofits in the area.

“I give Royal Gorge RIO a lot of credit – before this WKRP – because quite honestly the park is an amazing park and the water park is an amazing water park and being able to continue the whitewater festival with that gear is right. an incredible opportunity, ”said Harrmann.

“A lot of players have come together over the years to create what we hope will be the greatest and funniest Whitewater of all time,” he said.

More than 5,000 people from all over Colorado – spectators and participants – visit the festival for two days.

All registered event participants enter the festival for free on Friday and Saturday and receive a commemorative t-shirt.

Admission is $ 5 for adults per day. Children 12 and under admitted free.

For more information, to view the full schedule or to register for an event, visit www.royalgorgewhitewaterfestival.com.

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