Vail Daily letter: Great event |

Vail Daily letter: Great event

Last Saturday marked the Eagle River Watershed Council’s sixth annual RiverFest fundraiser. This year we changed things up from our standard model for the event, and we couldn’t be happier with the result. Over 120 people came out to enjoy a day on the Upper Colorado River and an evening at the Wolcott Yacht Club to celebrate the conservation and protection of our local watersheds.

Thanks to all of you who joined us for RiverFest and made the event such a success. The float with Timberline Tours from Rancho del Rio to State Bridge was a fast one, thanks to high river flows. Our paddlers skirted the storm clouds and enjoyed sunshine the whole way. Though we got sprinkled on during the setup, the weather gods cooperated in the end, surprising us with a fantastic evening under the leafy canopy and amongst the gorgeous flowers at Wolcott Yacht Club. The night was filled with bluegrass tunes from Taarka, laughter, great food and drink, and care-free, summer vibes all around. We had a great time and hope you all did, too!

We would especially like to thank our sponsors: United Companies, Timberline Tours, the Wolcott Yacht Club, American Rivers, Homestake Partners,, Vail Board of Realtors, Lotic Hydrological, Alpine Engineering, Loff Roofing, SGM, Leonard Rice Engineers, and All Mountain Technologies, for so generously supporting RiverFest. I would also like to thank the local breweries that provided excellent craft beer for the event: Bonfire Brewing, Crazy Mountain Brewery, 7 Hermits Brewing and Gore Range Brewery.

Thank you all for contributing to the work of the Eagle River Watershed Council and our mission to keep the rivers and streams of Eagle County healthy. Happy summer and we hope to see you out on the river soon!

Holly Loff, Doug Serrill, Kate Burchenal and Meg Bankenship

Eagle River Watershed Council staff

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