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When: Saturday, September 24, 2016
Where: Chester River; parking& put-in at Washington College boathouse & Wilmer Park
400 South Cross Street
Chestertown, Maryland 
United States
Contact: Zane Carter

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Chestertown RiverFest 2016
September 23-24

Bring your family and friends for exciting, action-packed weekend on the scenic Chester River, along the historic waterfront, and throughout Historic Chestertown’s popular Arts & Entertainment District.

Fun and Festive Paddle Events
Saturday, September 24, will be a fun-filled day on the picturesque Chester River. A canoe and kayak sprint will lead off the water events with separate heats for different length kayaks, tandem kayaks/canoes and age groups, with outrageous trophies for winners. A sweep-team of volunteers and visiting paddlers will bring up the rear, to provide assistance if needed, and to make sure that no racer finishes last. Races begin at 1pm and paddlers must register in advance. Race registrants are automatically entered in the Paddlers’ Poker Run. They’ll also receive a guide to the many beautiful paddling routes that grace Maryland’s upper Eastern Shore along with a self-guided excursion along Chestertown's historic waterfront. 
To register for the Sprint, Poker Run and paddle routes guide (all included for $25) visit:

At 3 pm, Washington College Center for Environment & Society will hosts it’s tenth annual cardboard boat race, a popular event that is open to everyone. The short, spirited and often soggy race features a variety of clever and whimsical “boats” that occasionally make it to the finish line. This rambunctious crowd-pleaser is as much fun for spectators as for the racers. 

The Paddlers’ Poker Run with cash prises is open to all registered paddlers. Participating “card sharks” follow a course to five different kiosks along the river, from which each paddler takes a sealed envelope containing a playing card. At 4:30, paddlers assemble and open their envelopes at once to see who drew the winning hand. 
To register for the Poker Run only ($10), visit:

Party in the Park
Saturday will be an exciting day onshore as well, with fun activities for the whole family at Wilmer Park on the Chester River. Visitors will enjoy engaging displays of arts and crafts by talented artisans, as plein air painters capture the festivities on canvas. RiverArts’ popular KidSPOT and the Center for Environment & Society will provide fun activities for youngsters to enjoy, create and explore. 
Food, drink, live entertainment and fun stuff to see & do!

Paddle & Row Expo
See what’s new in environmentally-friendly watercrafts , from kayaks and canoes to stand-up paddle boards and the latest gear.  The Expo is part of the fun at Wilmer Park and will include rowing demonstrations, paddle board and kayak rentals, and exhibitions by featured organizations. 
A display soace will be set up for visiting paddle clubs to show their stuff, promote their events, recruit new members and learn about other paddle clubs around the area.

Light up the Night!
Weekend festivities begin on Friday, September 23, with the RiverFest 2016 illumination celebration when the Chester River waterfront will come to life with illuminated sculptures. The Chestertown Arts & Entertainment District will be aglow for the evening extravaganza and guests are encouraged to adorn themselves in lights. Glowing bracelets, necklaces and pendants will be available for children (young and old). The sculpture will be illuminated throughout the weekend. RiverFest features new sculptures each year, sponsored and curated by SANDBOX, Washington College’s initiative for creative collaboration between art and science with a focus on the natural environment.
Wine, beer, food and live entertainment starting at 6:30 for the illumination.

Make plans today for a great weekend getaway!

Chestertown RiverArts 
Call for more information or to register by phone

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RiverFest is a co-production of Chestertown RiverArts, Washington College Center for Environment & Society and SANDBOX. 

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