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American Whitewater only puts on two official festivals each year: Gauley Fest in West Virginia and Deerfield Fest in Massachusetts.

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.

Friends of the Cheat Celebrates 20th Anniversary

posted April 18, 2014
by Charlie Walbridge
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American Whitewater congratulates Friends of the Cheat as it celebrates its 20th anniversary at the annual Cheat River Festival on May 3rd. The organization, founded by a group of whitewater paddlers and local residents, has been a driving force in the river’s rapidly improving water quality. The river, which was badly polluted when the group was founded, recently passed a significant milestone: the lower 26 miles of the Cheat River main were removed from the state’s list of acid-impaired waters in 2012! In addition, FOC maintains four paddling access areas on the Cheat and Big Sandy Rivers. American Whitewater worked closely with FOC in developing these sites. For more information on this year's CheatFest use this link: http://www.cheat.org/our-work/cheat-river-festival/.


Tuolumne River (CA) 2014 Paddle to the Sea!

posted April 3, 2014
by Megan Hooker
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Paddlers in California are invited to the 6th annual Paddle to the Sea–a six-week long paddle-a-thon from Yosemite, through the Central Valley, to San Francisco Bay. You're welcome to come for the whole trip or just a day paddle along the way. This year’s event will kick off on Friday, May 2nd and continue through the middle of June.

Join us at the 17th Annual French Broad River Fest (NC)

posted March 6, 2014
by Jeffrey Paine
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American Whitewater is excited to attend the 17th Annual French Broad River Fest in Hot Springs, NC this May 2-4, 2014. Pick up your tickets today and come join us! AW will be there spreading the good word about our river stewardship programs and selling Memberships. We hope to see you there!

Gauley Fest

Gauley Fest

Deerfield Fest