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River Revelry--A Biodiversity Bash

The best end-of-summer party on the planet!

Raft Race, BBQ Battle, Auctions, and FUN Converge at River Revelry 

River Revelry 2013

River Revelry--A Biodiversity Bash has historically included about as many events as the Upper Coosa has endemic aquatic species (30, for the record). River Revelry 2013 carries on that tradition. This year River Revelry will serve as a "confluence" for multiple events that will converge on Heritage Park for what's sure to be a rip-roaring good time Saturday, Aug. 24, from 6-11 p.m..The Blue Sky Outfitter Recycled Raft Race will float down the Oostanaula;  Throw in live music all night from Jerry on the Moon, silent and live auctions, boat rides on the river, beer from New Belgium Brewing Co., wine from Barefoot Wines & Bubbly and, of course, some of the best barbecue in the Coosa River Basin and you have the best end-of-summer party on the planet. Scroll down to learn more. Purchase your tickets now online! 

Blue Sky Outfitter Recycled Raft Race

Raft Race

Last year, our raft race participants pulled out all the stops and anything that could float made its way down the Oostanaula much to the delight of River Revelers who enjoyed the "race" to the finish line at Heritage Park. Merchandise and gift certificates from Blue Sky Outfitter will be given to in the following categories: 2nd Loser (2nd place finisher) Best Engineered, Most Original, Most Colorful, Most Oddly Shaped, Most Enthusiastic and Best Use of River Trash. Cost: ABSOLUTELY FREE! JUST CREATE A VESSEL AND COME FLOAT!...and you and your crew get discounted River Revelry tickets! $40 for the captain and $30 for each crew member. Form your team and get started building your raft today. Register online NOW! or visit Blue Sky Outfitter in Rome or Cartersville.

Cancer Navigators Cast off For Cancer Patients


Cancer Navigators, a non-profit which provides services for individuals undergoing cancer treatments, will host a six-mile fundraiser paddle on the Etowah River, finishing at the River Revelry party grounds. Arrive at River Revelry in appropriate style--via canoe or kayak--while raising money for two great causes--CRBI and Cancer Navigators. $40 includes shuttle service and boat rentals. Click here to go to the Cancer Navigators Facebook Page for registration information.  or for more details call Charlotte Atkins at 706-295-4119. .

New Belgium Brewing Company

New Belgium
New Belgium Brewing Company and Eagle Rock Distributing will once again provide the beer for River Revelry. The Ft. Collins, Colorado-based brewery specializes in Belgian-style brews, and is a leader in environmentally sustainable business practices. You'll be able to choose from several different brews at River Revelry, and you'll even have the opportunity to take home one of the company's specialty cruiser bicycles in the live auction.



Barefoot Wine & Bubbly

Barefoot Wine & Bubbly's passion is making the world a better place through wine and they're back again this year for a second time at River Revelry. The winemakers will provide a fabulous selection of wine for our patrons who prefer grapes to hops.

Barbecue Battle


The barbecue is the centerpiece of River Revelry as local restaurants and backyard barbecuers compete for the title of "Best Barbecue in the Coosa River Basin." $1000 in cash awards will be distributed in restaurant and backyard barbecue divisions. There is no entry fee to compete; just donate your delectable barbecue for River Revelry patrons to enjoy. A panel of certified barbecue judges will designate the winners and patrons will vote on the People's Choice award. Interested in participating: E-mail Nina Lovel at or download a 2013 Entry Form here

Participating barbecue vendors as of 07/15/2013 include: Big Bear's BBQ,  Mark's Plum Peachy BBQ and Ole Tymer BBQ.

Check back here periodically! Contestants will be added as we receive registration forms and confirmations.

2013 River Revelry Host Committee

Clinton & Gena Agnew, Joe & Cheryl Burch, Christie & Freddy Boyd, Chris Cannon, Mike  & KJ Carvalho, Luke Chaffin & Jeb Arp, Morgan & Telena Cole, Joe & Leanne Cook, Elizabeth Davis, Joe Geddings & Blaine Willis, Gary Harrell, John Scott & Sarah Husser, Chad Johnfroe & Chris Lewis, Herrick Kroeger & Melissa Holcomb, Nina Lovel, Greg & Barbara McCollum, Steven & Lindsey McDowell, Diane Minick, Steve & Michelle Mink, Bryan Mullins & Amy Weaver, Lillian Shaw, Terrell & Sheila Shaw, Jim and Crystal Stewart, Pam Sunderland, Amos & Sarah Tuck


2013 Sponsors


Marglan 2011

State Mutual
V3 Magazine
New Belgium













Blue Sky
Eagle Rocks





The Ridge








Jerry on the Moon













2010 Logperch Sponsors

Barefoot Wine

River City Bank




Ball Container

Paper Recovery




SAI Digital



7 Visuals

Rocksnail Sponsors

Heritage First Bank

Venue Dog

Southern Heritage Land Co.

Fast Printing

Rain Barrel


Bee Natural
Dempsey Lord Smith




Hardy Realty


carvalho & Associates









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