The 15th Annual River Festival was held on August 19th and 20th, 2016 with the majority of the events taking place on the historical Expedition Island. The event was held in conjunction with Art on the Green. Overall participation exceeded 3,000 participants from all over Wyoming and 28 different States. Friday night was chilly and windy but we still came close to selling out and we cooked over 900 pounds of shrimp. Over 125 people competed in the Run with the Horses Marathon. Beer sales were slower this year due to the winter like weather but sponsorships were up by over 15%! There were 14 Hand Craft Vendors, two food vendors, a shaved ice vendor, two bands, a Micro-Brew Garden, a Duck Race, and the Run with the Horses Marathon, a River Walk, Dog Fetching Competitions, a Dog Show, and a Car Show. There was plenty of entertainment for all ages! This year we added in a trout decorating contest. We sold wooden trout cutouts to local businesses and individuals. Each business decorated their fish and the participants at the River Festival had the chance to vote on their favorite decorated fish. The winner this year was Trona Valley Federal Credit Union, they did a fabulous job! There were over 245 votes for all the fish combined. Thank you to all who participated. This will definitely become a part of the festival for years to come. We would like to thank all of our volunteers and all of our sponsors for the 15th Annual River Festival; without them, this event would not have happened!
Please see below for the full listing of River Festival event winners:
Marathon Winners: Women’s 10K: 1st place Brenda Gray of Rock Springs, WY 45:16.0; 2nd place Cortney Reed of Rock Springs, WY 45:55.0; 3rd place Hallie Briesmaster of Layton, UT 51:15.1. Men’s 10K: 1st place Jerrid Washburn of Green River, WY 39:02.9; 2nd place Ryan Giles of Rock Springs, WY 42:38.6; 3rd place Aaron Woodbury of Rock Springs, WY 47:28.1. Men’s Half Marathon: 1st place Nick Walrath of Green River, WY 1:50:42.3; 2nd place Kevin Cadogan of Jackson, WY 1:57:08.1; 3rd place Michael Coughlin of New York, NY 1:58:47.3. Women’s Half Marathon: 1st place Jennifer Drinkle of Green River, WY 1:55:06.6; 2nd place Kristine Maggi of Green River, WY 2:00:02.6; 3rd place Julie Seymour of Green River, WY 2:04:12.2. Men’s Marathon: 1st place Jason Crompton of Rock Springs, WY 3:18:10.8; 2nd place Josh Wadlington of Oak Hill, VA 3:39:37.6; 3rd place Jason Abbs of Wexford, PA 3:49:27.8. Women’s Marathon: 1st place Brooke Yaiser of Middleport, NY 3:47:25.5; 2nd place Ashley Lureen of Denver, CO 4:11:16.7; 3rd place Amy Emmarco of Wayne, NJ 4:24:16.2.
The Car Show had 39 entries.
Duck Race Winners: 1st place winner was Jared Witt, he won $250; 2nd place winner was Charlotte Wright who won $100; 3rd place winner was Colleen Fackrell who won $50.
The Dog Fetching contest had some awesome participants! Fetching on land winner was John Ritter's Indy. Fetching in water was Kellen Munneke's Yahto. Our dog & owner look-alike contest was won by Presslee Erramouspe and Fynn. The Ugly Mutt contest was won by Amy Erramouspe and Morty. The trick competition was won by Don Weaver and Oscar. The Friendliest Dog competition was won by Hailey Tyler and Zeus and they, also, won Best In Show!
River Walk Seedskadee Trout Unlimited had another successful year hosting our Riverwalk. We like to say we put the river back in Riverfest. There were over 60 participants complete all the stations. It was down considerably from last year. We attribute that to that fact that we started the event earlier this year in an attempt to beat the heat. We had eight stations this year, down from eleven last year. We purposely cut the distance and the amount of stations but it still took over two hours on average to complete the activity. That shows that people were very engaged in learning.
We couldn’t have done it without our dedicated partners. A huge thank you goes out to our Wyoming Game and Fish Department. They ran four of the stations: Fish Obstacle Course, Fish on the Green River, Aquatic Invasive Species, and Wildlife & Riparian Areas stations. The Green River Fire Department was out in force at the Water and River Safety Station. The Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge taught about Migrating Birds and Riparian Areas. They brought with them six volunteers from the Conservation Corp. Our Seedskadee Trout Unlimited helped people identify aquatic invertebrates. The Wyoming Wildlife & Natural Resource Trust ran the invasive species Scavenger Hunt and donated two back packs that were given away as door prizes. Mike Babcock won the hat, water bottle and jacket donated by the Muley Fanatics Foundation. The River fest Committee allowed us to present the Grand Prize at our event which consisted of an all-day Whitewater float and one night stay at the Wind River Casino. Aja Witt, of Green River, won that.
We would like to thank everyone who participated in this year’s River Festival!