The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

Local News

August 1, 2012

New River Festival all about good, clean fun

FAYETTEVILLE — Organizers of the upcoming New River Festival say it isn’t every day that you can help support clean, healthy watersheds in your community simply by going to a party.

On the weekend of Aug. 10-12, they invite you to three days of outdoor activities, music, and camping to benefit the work of the New River Clean Water Alliance (NRCWA).

“This festival is for everyone in our community who cares about the New River,” says Heather Lukacs of the NRCWA.

“Whether that be people who live in Beckley near the Piney Creek Gorge and like to camp, fish, or swim on the river, or those who work on the river for their jobs. I’d really like our local community of people who love the river to turn out.”

The NRCWA is a partnership of people and organizations that work to promote clean water in the New River and its tributaries. These include the National Committee for the New River, Plateau Action Network, the National Parks Conservation Association, the Piney Creek Watershed Association, and community volunteers.

Recently, the NRCWA has been working on improvements to the Wolf Creek watershed, a decentralized wastewater system in Winona, and a community water monitoring program on

Arbuckle Creek.

All the proceeds from the festival will directly support these and other alliance efforts.

The festivities kick off on Friday, Aug. 10, with a social hour and film festival, followed by a jam session.

Saturday morning, a number of field trips offer participants everything from history to hummingbirds.

The activities include a ranger-led hike to historic Nuttallburg, a mountain bike ride on the Arrowhead Trails, a stand up paddle board demo, hummingbird banding, and instruction on how to build a backyard hummingbird habitat at the New River Hummingbird Festival.

Organizers promise a kid-friendly event with activities for all ages from 3 to 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Musicians from Fayette County and the region will entertain festival-goers on Saturday night beginning at 5 p.m.

On Sunday, participants are invited to a rafting trip with ACE Adventures. By mentioning the promo code “CLEANWATER” when buying tickets, the entirety of your trip’s proceeds will be donated to the New River Clean Water Alliance.

To reserve a trip, call ACE at 1-800-787-3982. ACE will also offer a shuttle for private paddlers that day.

If you love the river but fishing is more your speed, Pro River Outfitters offers smallmouth bass trips, with half the proceeds going to the alliance. Visit for more info.

Tent camping is available all weekend on the former Rivers Campground and is included in the registration fee.

Admission to the event is $10 per person and $15 per family.

Alternatively, you can sign up to be a member of the Alliance for $20, which includes festival registration.

Organizers are also looking for volunteers on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Two hours of work will earn you free festival admission and access to a volunteer hangout space.

Sponsors for the event include ACE Adventure Resort, Adventures on the Gorge, Pro River Outfitters, and Bridge Brew Works.

To register for the event, or for more information, visit

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