Gauley Fest just keeps getting bigger and better! Started in 1983 to celebrate the derailment of a hydro-electric project that would have disrupted the flows on the Gauley River, Gauley Fest has grown to become the largest river festival in the world.

The festival is a showcase for American Whitewater and the top whitewater vendors in the boating community, plus it's THE place to catch up with old friends, make new ones, and just have a great time with like-minded river loving folks.

from more information – AW Gauley Fest web site

Gauley Fest is also AW's largest fundraising event. All proceeds from the festival support American Whitewater's conservation and access works throughout the nation.

The festival will feature live entertainment, a whitewater marketplace, raffle, and a silent auction where you can pick up some awesome outdoor gear.


Friday, September 19, 2008

Gauley River Release

Ladies on the Lower G: Join Girls At Play and NARR as they host a paddle down the Lower Gauley River.

Volunteer Recognition Dinner: American Whitewater volunteers are welcome to join American Whitewater staff and board members for a thank you dinner. Volunteers will be treated to dinner in the festival site dining hall.

Music from the Halftime String Band: As the sun starts to set the music starts to crank at Gauley Festival. Join us on Friday night for some classic blue grass music and dancing from the Halftime String Band.

Film Premier: film TBD
Music from the Halftime String: Enjoy more great blue grass music and dancing into the night!

Saturday, September 20th

Saturday is the busiest day of Gauley Festival with all sorts of activities including:

AW membership Drive: Join or renew your AW membership at Gauley Festival and get hooked up with a sweet bag full of goodies from American Whitewater's partners. Every member will be entered in a raffle to win one of two new kayaks.
Boat Raffle: A brand new boat or the brand new boat of your choice? You can't lose! Make sure you don't miss out on the boats being raffled and auctioned off this year. You will receive a raffle ticket for joining AW or renewing your membership for a chance to win one of the two boats we are raffling for the membership drive. You will also have the opportunity to bid on several boats in the”silent auction”.

Silent Auction: The Gauley Festival silent auction is your opportunity to pick up some great whitewater and outdoor gear for a great deal. All the proceeds from the silent auction benefit American Whitewater's river stewardship work.

Music: Gauley Festival is as much about music as it is about boating. You can find details about the bands on the Gauley Festival events page. This year we have a great line up of music that includes:

  • Halftime String Band
  • Piano Bob
  • Weedhawks
  • The Mavens


American Whitewater needs your help! Volunteers are needed for Gauley Fest 2008. Come help the organization that works for boaters by boaters.For your time you’ll be given a gorgeous “volunteers only” T-shirt, invitation to a private “volunteers only” dinner (with great beer!), tickets (one ticket per shift) to the “volunteers only” boat raffle AND the feeling of knowing that you make it happen!

Here are some possible volunteer opportunities for you and your friends:

Last Minute Set-up: Arriving early? We need help all day Thursday and Friday.

Electrical: Are you an electrician? We could really use your help on Friday.

Gate, Parking, Membership, and T-shirt Sales: We need your help for these positions Friday and Saturday from 4pm on. This is where we need the most volunteers and this is where you have the most fun!

Clean-up: The more folks we have Sunday morning the faster it goes!

Slots are on a first come, first serve basis so email me soon and I’ll try to get you in your preferred volunteer slot. If you’re part of a club or group of friends that would like to help out, please let us know as well!
Stacey Johnson