3rd Yough Festival and 27th Upper Yough Race are taking place on July 28th, 2007! The event features a small town America family atmosphere folk / bluegrass
celebration of the Youghiogheny River. For this special event a 6 hour Upper Yough Race dam
release has been scheduled from 11am to 5pm.
Saturday July 28th morning, from 9 am to 1:00 pm, we will be taking registration for the 27th
Upper Yough Race at the liquor store parking lot across from Mountain Surf, Inc. Due to increased
insurance costs entry fee for the race is $30.00 and includes, insurance, timing, T-shirt, Band,
Prizes, finish line refreshments, and Festival admittance. A great variety of food vendors will
be available in the festival site, Friendsville Town Park.
race will start 5:00 PM. at Gap falls stretch rock to Kendall pool. The starter will set racers
off at 1-minute intervals. Those who want to race with a friend for safety or fun purposes will
need to present themselves to registration at the same time. Registration will END Promptly at
1:00 PM! The starting positions will be posted shortly there after. Driving and boating to the
starting line will take you around 1 hour. Please give yourself plenty of time to get to the
include Men's, Women's, Wildwater, Wavehopper, Slalom, K2, Creek boat, Play boat, Canoe, Ducky,
and Raft. The result publication will reflect all of these classes for your enjoyment and
recognition. Prizes will be award for overall speed by both men and women, along with prizes for
each race class. If you want to be in the top six you will probably need great boating skill,
many runs down the Upper, a longer boat and good physical conditioning. The fastest times from
2006 were set by Andrew McEwan (27:47) and Chara Whittemore (34:26).
Friendsville has a special request to the general boating public from regarding the use of
Saturday's special "Upper Yough Race Dam Release". We ask that you respect the desire
of our racers to have an open and clear race course. The race starts near the end of the release,
5:00 pm. Please be aware of time pull over and watch the racers compete for the coveted Upper
Yough Race Cup.
Friendsville is hoping for a large turn out, the Yough Festival committee is planning ambitiously
on fun event features. Any proceeds above event
expenses will go to river stewardship organizations like AW. Big events need big
help; if you frequent the Upper Yough and have a little time we would like you to join our group
of volunteer members. We mostly like to go boating and eat and oh ya plan and execute this
Team Friendsville hopes you can make it! Any Race Questions e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yough Festival Schedule
9 AM to 1 PM-- Upper Yough Race registration at Liquor store parking lot.
10 AM to 2PM-- Flat Water Paddling on Yough Lake (Pat Hamlin)
12 Noon-- Festival gate opens. $5.00 entry fee, all proceeds over expenses will go to river
conservation and protection. There will be river equipment, boats,
and food Vendors, Educational, and conservation booths, Central location for activities meeting
place, an nat…
1 PM -- Alan Klotz ,MD Department of Natural Resources Western Region Fisheries Manager will
give a demonstration of fish electro shocking in Beak Creek at the Park. Alan is an expert in
fish propagation and works many hours over time in sharing his knowledge with the public.
3 PM-- Harold Harsh, owner of Spring Creek Outfitters and Trout Unlimited leader
will give a demonstration on fly fishing. Harold is an expert on fly fishing the rivers in this
4:45 PM-- Precision rafting will be running a sort of float the river hay ride in rafts from
their location on Maple Street, down Town Friendsville, MD., to the Town Park, only to turn
around and do it again and again until the water runs out. This is an easy going family fun
float. There is limited space, first come first serve. No charge, Precision Rafting is considered
a major sponsor for this good deed.
4 PM -- Family Fun Race Meeting at park (Pat Hamlin)
4PM to10PM -- Music Bands start playing and go into the night.
- The Old Riders of the Purple Haze (includes members of Half Time String Band) This is
the feature band, They are generally thought of as a SLAM GRASS, bluegrass band, incredible!
- Smith & Roberts, a local favorite, down home folk bluegrass assortment.
- Dave Norris, Folk Bluegrass assortment.
- And more, were still booking.
5 PM -- Family Fun Race Starts! Class II easy 1.5 mile race From south end of Water Street to the
Town Park. (Pat Hamlin)
5 PM-- Upper Yough Race Starts at Gap falls stretch rock to Kendall pool.
5 PM-- Kevin Dodge, Director of Natural Resources and Wildlife Technology Program at Garrett
College will lead a group downstream along the Yough from the park (Festival Site). Kevin is well
versed in the wildlife and plants that will be encountered along the way.
7 PM--Upper Yough Race Awards ceremony at festival site.
Note: The Upper Yough River corridor is accessible by way of hiking/biking trail on the east side
of the River. Without going down the River in a water craft, this is virtually the only way to
see the world class rapids and beauty that only the Youghiogheny river has to offer. The trail is
marked with a gate and it will cost you approximately 3-4 miles up the trail before you get into
a good whitewater spectator area, and it’s worth the 6-8 mile round trip if only to see the
amazing River forest.
For All kinds of details please visit the Yough Festival website, (Camping, Lodging,
Activities, Directions, Hiking, Fishing, Vendors, etc…)