Fenton, MI — June 6, 2019
The Keepers of the Shiawassee have chosen Fenton to host their annual fundraiser “Riverfest.” The volunteer group has a mission to develop the river as a paddling trail by organizing cleanups, installation of signage, and the creation of kayak/canoe launches. Their goal is to develop a 100-mile paddling trail from Holly to the Shiawassee Flats.
The River Fest is the group’s annual music festival and currently their only fundraiser.
Scheduled for Sunday, June 23, with live music throughout the day from groups performing at the gazebo. The Cardboard Canoe race is always a fun event to watch and cheer on the competitors. Vendors from a variety of interests will feature local businesses, non-profit groups, plus arts and crafts set up by the river walk in Rackham Park. Shop, explore, have fun!
Food, games, and activities for every age group highlight River Fest. A fishing tournament is planned, water fun will include kayak demos and chance to try your hand at paddle boarding. Kids will love the bounce houses.
Mark the date on your calendar and plan for a day by the river, some outdoor fun, and a great family event.
About the Keepers of the Shiawassee
Our Mission Statement:
To promote, engage, facilitate enhanced appreciation, knowledge, preservation, and enjoyable access and use of the Shiawassee River as a valuable natural recreational resource for the families of the associated watershed communities, Michigan residents, and visiting tourists.
Including and not limited to:
Encourage environmental stewardship through responsible use and maintenance (leave no trace ethics, water monitoring and testing, identification of invasive species and pollution sources, river cleanups, wetland preservation) of the Shiawassee River and its watershed.
Provide educational opportunities through various media resources (website, social media, kiosks, signage, maps, associated community activities, events, and programs, press, etc…).
Improving access to enjoyable recreation based activities for water sports (kayak, canoe, paddleboard, fishing, swimming, etc), trail users (hiking, biking), birders, handicapped, and all other interested in enjoying this natural resource.
Support and promotion of the future designation of the Shiawassee River as a National Water Trail.