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2011 Potomac Fest - June 25-26 (MD/VA)

Posted: 06/13/2011
by Jeffrey Paine

Come see American Whitewater at this year's Potomac Fest , June 25-26 in Great Falls, MD/VA!

Just minutes from the Nation's Capital, the 21st Annual Potomac Fest is two days of river events organized to delight paddlers and spectators alike. First times can try paddling at Riley’s Lock, and the party will feature a River Artists’ Alley, family games and local river organizations!  Check out the full schedule for complete details.


Make sure you register before June 15th to save $10! Registration is done online for both the Saturday night community party and all the competitive events. Note: there is NO day of registration for the Great Falls Race.


Also, please consider volunteering, because Potomac Fest needs your help! Please consider volunteering your time to help out this great event. Full volunteer details .

Finally check out the description of the event’s happenings below. We hope to see you there!

Saturday morning during and after the Great Falls Race, thanks to outreach by paddler Jason Beakes and wonderful support and encouragement by the National Park Service, DC Area paddling schools will be  working TOGETHER to staff tents and inform members of the public about the importance of knowing how to practice river safety. They will have gear to try, games of skill for kids, and expect to see 3000-4000 in Great Falls, VA and at Great Falls, MD in the C&O Canal  National Historical Park that day.

Saturday’s Falls Race will be followed by surfing, squirting and the Paddle for the Potomac, an all-inclusive fun paddle that is for the paddling community to show up en force to represent thousands of paddlers who constitute arguably the nation’s largest paddling community.

Saturday afternoon minutes from the Potomac Festival Party at Riley’s Lock, Team River Runner and the Canoe Cruisers Association will be hosting paddling samplers for the public, thanks to the generosity of Calleva and Valley Mill Paddling School. Come one, come all!

The Potomac Festival Party will add to the Saturday awards ceremony silent auction of paddling gear and works of art, all-you-can-eat buffet, games, great music by the 19th Street Band,  and photos from the day’s action booths by non-profit organizations such as Potomac Riverkeeper, and the first River Artists’ Alley will showcase photography and other works by area paddlers who will share their love for the Potomac and its environs.

Sunday will be busy for those who are left standing: Attainment, freestyle, and a slalom demo will build up to the popular Boatercross through Little Falls, and end with the awards ceremony.

Photo: Potomac Fest volunteers in 2010