“The Washington River Festival and Missouri River Cleanup” will be held Saturday, May 21st at Rennick Riverfront Park at Lafayette and Front Streets in Washington. A cleanup, hands-on educational activities, music, an early childhood nature area, food and many art activities will be featured. The festival and cleanup are for families and people of all ages. The cleanup goes from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. and the festival begins at 11 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. Entertainment featured is Babaloo, World Bird Sanctuary, River Ghost Review, The Daves, an art auction and Woodshine. Exhibitors from all over the state will provide interesting information and hands-on experiences which are inspired by the river and nature. An art auction with art featured by nationally-known artists of many genres will benefit the festival and cleanup.
These experiences are possible thanks to the support of the hosting non-profit organization Missouri River Relief –
which engages communities along the Missouri River in the exploration, enjoyment, restoration and care of the river.
Washington is fortunate to have a strong, deep-rooted partnership with this organization.
All of the presenters, exhibitors, local organizers and musicians are volunteers and have been working hard to bring these events and programs to Washington and surrounding areas.
Cleanup volunteers are comprised of families, individuals, students and civic and corporate teams. Pre-registered volunteers for the cleanup get a free boat ride by safety-certified boat drivers and are dropped off at locations along the Missouri River with a group of other participants to pick up trash along the banks of the river. The boat then brings them back to the park for the festival. Life vests, gloves, water and festival food vouchers will be provided.
In addition to a river cleanup and festival, an educational field trip “Investigating the River”
is provided for elementary and middle school students during the week prior to the festival. This is the eighth year of the festival and cleanup and the sixth year for the educational field trips.
A short video highlighting the festival, cleanup and education events can be seen here: youtube.com/watch?v=nDHTgzTEQ5g