AW also attends several other events each year throughout the US. At events, AW seeks to increase memberships, raise funds for river stewardship work, improve visibility and communications with the community and to support our partners and proponents.
Over the years, AW has shifted away from running multiple events to running just Gauley Fest and Deerfield Fest and simply attending other events. This has allowed us to better focus on our core goal of river stewardship. We have fewer resources tied up in putting on events and we're now able to focus more of our resources on saving rivers. A win for rivers, and a win for the value of our supporter's funds.
This weekend marks the 20th anniversary of the Deerfield Fest, an annual celebration of boating on the Deerfield River in western Massachusetts. The festival is an opportunity to come together with your paddling friends and listen to live music, check out the festival vendors, and maybe win a boat and other gear at the silent auction.
Gauley Fest is the world's biggest paddling festival and American Whitewater's biggest fundraiser - but we need your help! Please sign up to volunteer and become a part of the Gauley Fest Volunteer Team! It's a fun and easy way for you to be a critical part of an amazing festival.