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Tappahannock RivahFest

RivahFest Marine Events and Displays
Saturday, June 18 - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

More exciting attractions at RivahFest 2016!

Saturday June 18 promises to be an exciting and interesting day by the Rivah! Starting at the top of Prince Street, visitors can browse the Arts, Antiques & Crafts booths, stop for a bite or two at The Tastes of Tappahannock, make their way to the Beer Garden and main music entertainment stage then towards the Rivah through the Marine displays .

The Rotary Crab Race
Located on Water Lane, at the junction of Virginia Street, Tappahannock’s First Crab Race sponsored by The Tappahannock-Essex Rotary club. The live crab races start at 10:00 AM and runs as long as they have energy, refreshed by rotating visits to their crab trap in the Rappahannock River. Children will be delighted to choose a numbered crab and watch the exciting 7 crabby contestants line up - in a sideways crabby style - at the starting gate. Urged on by occassional water pistol squirtsthe crabs race to the finish to win a small prize - there is a entry fee of $1.00 per race. You may bring your own crab but only amateur crabs may enter!

The Captain Thomas Cruise
Take a cruise on the Rappahannock River and enjoy a sunset cruise on the Captain Thomas. This cruise is scheduled to depart at 5:00 p.m. for a one hour cruise on the Rappahannock River - boarding starts at 4:15 p.m. Departure is from the pier on Hoskins Creek on the South side of the Bridge on Route 17/360. There is a small charge of $5 per person and free for children under 5. Tickets may be bought at boarding time. The Captain Thomas has an enclosed cabin, air conditioned, snack bar, restrooms, U.S. Coast Guard licensed for 150 passengers.

Marine Displays
Two boat dealers from the local area will be displaying their crafts - Garrett's Marina and Wheelan's will feature several boats on the St. Margaret's campus in front of the McCuan House on Water Lane. Over a dozen new models of power boats and jet-skis will be displayed in the Maritime area. Check out the antique boat display manned by local boat owners exhibiting a collection of vintage classic powerboats including a Chris-Craft - admire the mahogany finish and original inboards!

Virginia Marine Resource Commission river patrol will open their state fair booth and tell you about the role of their agency and their activities on the Rappahannock River, and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science from the University of William & Mary will bring you up to date on their studies and research to keep us all in tune with our local river ecology.

The US Coast Guard Sea Partners booth will offer info on its environmental education and outreach program focused on communities at large to develop community awareness of maritime pollution issues and to improve compliance with marine environmental protection laws and regulations.

Also appearing at RivahFest will be the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Coast guard Auxiliary safety and boaters info booth, Garrett's Marina Inc. will have the latest Key West or Salt Water fishing boat on show and keep a sharp look-out for the Coast Guard Milford Haven “Aids to Navigation Team” specializing in buoy maintenance who be on the hand to show you their 21 foot buoy tender #21530. Harborside Storage will on hand with information about their new boat motel storage facility at Garrett’s Marina just 10 miles down the Rappahannock River at buoy #19.

RivahFest has something for all the family to enjoy a day in Tappahannock by the Rivah!

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