On Saturday, Friends of the Lower Appomattox River presents the Appomattox RiverFest with activities featuring 30-plus regional exhibit partners, tasty food, live music and...

On Saturday, Friends of the Lower Appomattox River presents the Appomattox RiverFest with activities featuring 30-plus regional exhibit partners, tasty food, live music and a whole lot of fun outdoor activities!

New this year is the 25-foot-tall climbing wall, provided by the National Guard, where festival-goers can test their climbing skills while building self-confidence. This much anticipated family event is for river and nature lovers, outdoor enthusiasts, history buffs, and everyone who wants to spend a day taking in the scenic and historic treasures of the Appomattox River!

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Appomattox Riverside Park, 24909 Ferndale Road, Petersburg, at the beautiful rocky rapid falls where Dinwiddie, Petersburg and Chesterfield meet.

RiverFest will offer these activities and more:
•Youth fishing workshops, provided by Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries
•Kayaking workshops with instructors from Fort Lee MWR Outdoor Recreation
•Archaeological activities and demonstrations
•Obstacle course from Fort Lee
•Opportunity to view rare fauna along the trails with a naturalist
•Chance to see and learn about the fish, reptiles, amphibians, bugs and birds that help keep the river healthy with Environment Education Specialists and AWARE (Alliance of Wild Animal Rehabilitators and Educators)
•Stroll or ride a tram along the River Walk Trail that provides great views of the river
•Enjoy food trucks (bring cash), and live music by Johnny Jones & Friends!
There will be plenty of off-site parking at three locations, with two shuttle buses running throughout the day.
These include:
•Bank of McKenney (6300 River Road)
•Matoaca Elementary School (6627 River Road)
•Matoaca United Methodist Church (6301 River Road)

The event is open to the public.
A $5 donation is suggested at the gate to help FOLAR continue its mission to conserve and protect the Appomattox River for all to enjoy.
Additional event information can be found at folar-va.org, on Facebook, by email at contactus@folar-va.org or by calling (804) 543-0325.