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Take Me To The River

South Boston News / September 21, 2017
Blue skies and warm temperatures are in the forecast for this year’s Wild Blue River Festival, and the Town of Halifax invites residents to join in the fun this Saturday, September 23.

King’s Bridge Landing (1041 Bethel Road), located in the Town of Halifax, is the place to be for this annual event, now in its fourth year. Last year’s event drew visitors from Lynchburg and Richmond as well as other communities. Visitors can get in on the paddling action, with kayak and canoe races set to begin mid-morning, while local and regional organizations share information, and kids of all ages can participate in crafting and play activities.

Saturday’s festival is set to begin at 9 a.m. The 6.2 mile kayak race begins at the Kings Bridge Landing and concludes at Terry’s Bridge on Route 360 and starts at 9:30 p.m. Last year’s winner, Walt Flythe of the Martinsville community, made the trip in one hour and 12 minutes.

The canoe race will begin at 10 a.m. Race participants who have not registered are encouraged to get there early to get registered to race. The cost to race is $20. All racers will pay their registration fee on race day.

First, second and third place medals will be given in each of four divisions – single and tandem kayak, and single and tandem canoe.

Paddlers and non-paddlers can enjoy the fun at King’s Bridge Landing. Crafts and games for visitors such as Gyotaku fish printing, do-it-yourself binoculars, cork boat building and racing, drawings for Paddle Prizes, and information from event partners like Staunton River State Park and Dan River Basin Association.

Shuttling for race participants will be available thanks to support and transportation provided by Staunton River State Park.

“We are fortunate to receive support from the community for our Wild Blue River Festival and part of our mission is the recognition of our sponsors and partnering organizations,” said Olivia Epps, owner of Mix & Ripple and coordinator for the event. “We cannot succeed in this or other events without community support and we are continually grateful for that backing.”

To date, monetary sponsors for this year’s event include Staunton River State Park, Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital, J. Brandon Scearce – Nationwide Insurance, B&B Consultants, the Halifax Village Association, Huber Engineered Woods, Hite Insurance Agency, and Farm Bureau Insurance – Agents David Ashwell, Angie Milstead and Brigid Layman.

Event partners include Dan River Basin Association, Joe and A Bow, Peddler’s Market, Roanoke River Basin Association (Upper Reach), Halifax County Dept. of Social Services (eleVAte SNAP Education & Training Program), Jerry Epps Landscaping Co., Layers of Love, Molasses Grill, Boy Scout Troop 332, and The Packhouse.

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