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Rapids and Rhythms Festival Saturday in downtown Pagosa Springs

Participate or spectate?

How about both?

The Rapids and Rhythms Festival gives you the opportunity and venue to do both.

Your options?  

While sitting on the rocks overlooking the river, listen to great music, catch some sun, sip on a cold beer and watch the mayhem below.

Or jump in and get wet!

Join us in the River Parade. Decorate and ride anything you have that will get you down the river.  After the parade, all kayakers are called to “ride” in the Whitewater Rodeo. Show off your sweet moves to the crowd.

Want to try something completely new? River Jousting. Team up with another boater. Two of you in a ducky paddling hard across the current to joust with the boat coming at you from across the river. We supply the boat and the jousting sticks, you supply the tactics and the fun.

Then what?

How about the Boater-X Down River Boat Race? Anything you’ve got. Kayak. Canoe. Raft. Tube. Solo or with a crew. Here’s the idea: get in, get down and back up river as fast as you can.

What else?

If you have a river dog, give our Fido Fetch a try.  This is a spectacular retriever contest for your furry friend.

For you and the kids, there’ll be a slack line, walk the plank, bubble house and other family fun stuff.

Still haven’t had enough? Pagosa Outside is offering $10 raft rides.

Following is the schedule of events this Saturday:

• 11 a.m. Beer Garden opens, music starts.

• 11 a.m. River Parade (meet prior to 10:45 at the Malt Shoppe put-in).

• Noon. Whitewater Rodeo.

• Noon. Fido Fetch.

• 12:30 p.m. River Joust begins.

• 1:30 p.m. Boater Cross begins.

• 2:30 p.m. Awards ceremony.

Prizes, swag and fun for all.

All the while the river, the beer and the rhythms flow.

Please join us for this epic event celebrating the river and the river features of our town.

As with all GECKO events, all profits go directly to our Scholarship Fund used to get kids “Unplugged off the couch and outside!”

For more information, go to joingecko.org.

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