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Upper French Broad Riverfest Returns Saturday, June 24 - Rosman, NC


June 19, 2017

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Tubing is just one activity planned for the Upper French Broad Riverfest.

The second annual celebration of Transylvania's Upper French Broad River is Saturday, June 24. The Transylvania French Broad Stewards, a local volunteer citizens' group, the town of Rosman and Headwaters Outfitters have teamed up again to organize this family-friendly festival. It will be held on the river at Champion Park in Rosman from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with lots of free activities for kids of all ages.

According to Susan Brown, a member of the Transylvania French Broad Stewards and coordinator of the event, "Our county is the headwaters of the Upper French Broad, and the river is an important resource for our agriculture and recreation economy. And for everybody's quality of life. We want Transylvania to have its own river celebration that encourages folks to appreciate and enjoy it."

The Upper French Broad Riverfest will feature a 20-mile paddle relay that kicks off at 9 a.m., from Champion Park.

The park festivities begin at 10. There will be free tubing for kids, sponsored by Headwaters Outfitters, hands-on activities about water quality monitoring and fish, sponsored by Mountain True and Oxbow River Snork-eling, and lots of exhibits and games from local organizations.

Angie and Nelson Stegall will present the story of their adventures on the French Broad Paddle trail. Live music will feature the local bands Judy Morgan and Friends, Crooked Pine, the Creekside Crawfish and Madeline Dierauf.

Food trucks, other vendors and a gear swap will add to the festivities. Festival information is on the web at

Brown said, "We are so happy that North Carolina Wildlife Resources Comm-ission will be bringing Rocky, the Hellbender! This amazing giant salamander from our river is the stewards' mascot because it requires cold, clean, swift-moving water to survive. So it represents a lot of what we value about the Upper French Broad. We hope that lots of neighbors and visitors will come out for a great day by the river."


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