The 14th Annual River Festival was held on August 14th and 15th, 2015 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 4,000 participants from all over Wyoming, 24 different states, and Canada. Over 150 people competed in the Run with the Horses Marathon. There were 15 hand craft vendors, two food vendors, two shaved ice vendors, two bands, 900 pounds of shrimp, a micro-brew garden, corn hole, ladder ball, several kids' games, fireworks, a Duck Race, the Run with the Horses Marathon, Green Belt Mountain Bike Poker Run, a River Walk, Dog Fetching Competitions, a dog show, and a car show. There was plenty of entertainment for all ages! We would like to thank all over our volunteers and all of our sponsors for the 14th Annual River Festival; without them, this event would not have happened.
Women's 10K: 1st place Brenda Gray of Rock Springs, WY 46:49.3; 2nd place Jessie Ray O'Neal of Rock Springs, WY 48:49.7; 3rd place Kristine Maggi of Green River, WY 51:29.2.
Men's 10K: 1st place Lain Mitchelson of Farson, WY 44:57.3; 2nd place Reijo Koivusaari of Green River, WY 48:50.4; 3rd place Adam Harlow of Green River, WY 51:53.3.
Men's Half Marathon: 1st place Daniel Corbin of Bozeman, MT 1:45:47.2; 2nd place Mark Wallace of Mills, WY 1:46:07.9; 3rd place Zachery Mauritz of Tatlersville, UT 2:02:38.1.
Women's Half Marathon: 1st place Lynn Malie of Denver, CO 1:50:58.8; 2nd place Gina Harvey of Green River, WY 2:04:42.8; 3rd place Lindsey Hanks of Casper, WY 2:05:06.1.
Men's Marathon: 1st place Christopher Gregory of Westminster, CO 3:04:51.6; 2nd place Jason Crompton of Rock Springs, WY 3:20:09.9; 3rd place John Fenton of Norwood, OH 3:43:48.7.
Women's Marathon: 1st place Julie Seymore of Rock Springs, WY 3:54:55.7; 2nd place Bekki Manville of Colorado Springs, CO 4:17:57.1; 3rd place Julie Parker of Sammamish, WA 4:34:09.3.
*All race results can be found at runwiththehorsesmarathon.com/Page_4.html.
Biking on the Green Poker Run had 15 participants.
The Car Show had 33 entries.
Duck Race winners: 1st place winner was Christ Ortega, she won John Wesley Fowl River Festival Mascot and $250; 2nd place winner was Jerry Hunter who won $100; 3rd place winner was Debbie Watry who won $50, 4th place winner was Brian Taylor who won a plush duck; and 5th place winner was Ryan Smith who also won a plush duck.
The Dog Fetching contest had 9 participants for the River Fetch and 12 participants in the Land Fetch. Winners of the River Fetch were as follows: 1st place Abbie with owner Phil Pyzyna; 2nd place Hoover with owner Jim Schmidt; 3rd place Sadie with owner Justin Conder. Winners of the Land Fetch were as follows: 1st place Indie with owner John Ritter; 2nd place Chief with owner Frank Lake; 3rd place Harley with owner Jerry Georgis.
Seedskadee Trout Unlimited had another successful year of hosting our Riverwalk. We would 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 the 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 engaged and 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 Riverfest 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!