The Ronceverte River Festival  

River Festival

    2019 will be our 32st consecutive event. This year the Festival will be a 3 day event, starting with a parade on June 14th. The festival features attractions, vendors, live performances, and great fair food! The main event is The Great Rubber Ducky Race which happens on Saturday at 4 PM. A single ticket can win you one of many prizes awarded or the Grand Prize of $10,000. Of course, more tickets means more chances to win! Events, games, live music and contests fill the weekend and the festival culminates with a Fireworks Display on Sunday night.

The River Festival is a community event, and for that we need community involvement. The more you can do, the better it can be. Help us make this year the best Festival ever.


Tickets for the Great Rubber Ducky Race are now on sale in Ronceverte and surrounding areas. You can find them in the following locations:

Ronceverte Service Station The Corner Market Martin & Jones
Edgarton Cafe & Bakery Wildflower Day Spa & Boutique Tri-County Produce
Ronceverte City Hall Factory Tire Outlet The Sportsman Tavern
JCT Vinyl & Printing Hersman's Safety Products Tattered & Worn
Lost World Simm's Exxon Greenbrier Cut Flowers
Cornerstone IGA Loft Liquor Flower Paradise
Greenbrier Medical Arts Pharmacy Bank Of Monroe (Fairlea) Mountain Top Trading
Seneca Jewelers Becklet Automall Of Lewisburg McDaniel's Pre-Owned
Radio Greenbrier Caldwell Country Store Pickaway Citgo
Main Street Exxon (Monroe County) The Barn Store (Gap Mills) Greenbrier County Public Library (Lewisburg)

Get Involved with the Ronceverte River Festival!

Sponsor An Event
Volunteer Your Time and Experience Become a Sponsor
We need your help to make the River Fesitval a success! If we can't have your time, we'll take your money!

Perform In The Amphitheatre
Perform in the Amphitheatre Apply to Become a Festival Vendor
Show off your talents on our open stage! Good Food and Great Items always welcome!

Compete For a Title! Strut Your Stuff in our Festival Parade!
12 Divisions spanning ages newborn to 21! Vehicles! Animals! Floats! Bands! Candy!

2019 Ronceverte River Festival Calendar Of Events

Events in RED are throughout Island Park. Events in GREEN are in the Amphitheatre. Detailed explanations for competitions are listed below the schedule.

This schedule is subject to change, so check back frequently.

Friday June 14th
5:15 PM Parade line-up starts
7:00 PM The Grand Parade begins! Click on the banner above for more details.
7:00 PM Food Vendors and Attractions from Fun Factory will open.
8:00 PM Live music in the Amphitheatre with Buddy Allen and the Cheat River Band
Saturday June 15th
8:00 AM Registration for the Fishing Tournament begins near the Amphitheatre
8:00 AM Registration begins for the Feed The Hungry 5k. For all the details, click HERE.
10:00 AM Beauty & the Leash Pet Parade & Competition sponsored by The Ronceverte River Festival Pageant. This event will include an Adoption Event from the Greenbrier Humane Society. This will take place near Shelter 2. Click HERE to download a registration form, or register at the event.
10:00 AM Best Dressed Duck Coloring Contest Begins! Details below.
10:00 AM Shop & Swap Auto and Truck Trading Event begins on the football field.
11:00 AM Strawberry Shortcake Sale sponsored by Friends of the Ronceverte Library
11:00 AM Children's Games sponsored by the Eastern Greenbrier Girl Scouts
11:00 AM Attractions open!
11:30 AM 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament sponsored by the Ronceverte Lions Club
12:00 PM Volleyball Tournament
12:00 PM Children's Cornhole
1:00 PM Rock Painting for all ages at Shelter 2. Bring your own rock or use one of ours!
1:00 PM Adult Cornhole
2:00 PM Chalk Drawing for all ages. Meet at Shelter 1 to get set up with your chalk and asphalt canvas. Your creations will remain throughout the Festival for everyone to enjoy!
3:00 PM Sale of Rubber Ducky Race Tickets ends. No Exceptions.
3:00 PM Surprise Musical Guests in the Amphitheatre
4:00 PM The Great Rubber Ducky Race! Winners will be notified by phone or mail.
5:00 PM Live music in the Amphitheatre with The Rudy Elvis Tribute Show. The King lives!
6:00 PM Duck Hunt! Meet us at Pavilion 2 to hunt hundreds of rubber ducks at the River Festival. Every single one is a winner! Please note this event is for children 12 and under only. Parents may come along, but no hunting!
7:00 PM Live music in the Amphitheatre featuring Short & Company. Check them out HERE
Sunday June 16th
12:00 PM Attractions open!
1:00 PM Thunder On The River Mudbog returns to the River Festival! More information HERE
1:00 PM Rock Painting for all ages at Shelter 1. Bring your own rock or use one of ours!
1:00 PM Irish Road Bowling
2:00 PM Music in the Amphitheatre with Michelle Lea Glass "Faith Is"
2:00 PM Chalk Drawing for all ages. Meet at Shelter 1 to get set up with your chalk and asphalt canvas. Your creations will remain throughout the Festival for everyone to enjoy!
3:00 PM Gospel Music with the Resurrecting Praise Community Choir and Pastor Kevin Carpenter
3:00 PM Children's Games (Egg Toss, Waterballoons, Frisbee Golf & more)
3:00 PM Bake-Off! Meet us at Shelter 1 to compete, or to get a taste of the entries after judging. Sponsored by Springville Herbary
4:00 PM Home Run Derby
5:00 PM Live music in the Amphitheatre with Stockyard Parade. Check them out on Facebook.
6:00 PM Best Dressed Duck Coloring Contest Ends. Judging begins. Details below.
7:00 PM The First Annual Father's Day Pageant. Come out and support the Dads! Event details below.
7:30 PM Live music in the Amphitheatre with The Thomas Taylor Band. Check them out on Facebook.
10:00 PM Fireworks!

River Festival Event Details

Events are listed in alphebetical order, not by time or date.

Full listing of musical performances HERE

5k Run: For all the details, click HERE.

Judging begins at 3:00 PM Sunday and will take place in Shelter 1. Divisions will be determined by how many entries we get.  There will be no entry fee. After judging, the remaining baked goods will be sold to our hungry patrons. There will be no preregistration for this event, so just show up with your entry. For more information call 304-647-8864

Basketball Tournament:
Sponsored by Ronceverte Lions Club. 3 on 3 basketball at the courts by American Heritage Music Hall starting at noon.  There will be 2 divisions: Middle School and High School. This is a single elimination tournament. You lose and you're out. Registration starts at the courts at 11:30 AM, or you may register beforehand at the Information booth.

Beauty and the Leash
The Ronceverte River Festival Queens will be hosting a Puppy Pageant and Dog Show on Saturday June 15th. Registration begins at 9:30 AM. Categories for competing will include “Prettiest Pooch”, “Best Trick”, Waggiest Tail”, and “Owner Look-alike”. The Greenbrier Humane Society will be having a pet adoption event to coincide with our pageant. Click HERE to download a registration form, or register at the event.
Best Dressed Duck Coloring Contest
10 AM Saturday until 6 PM Sunday. At any time throughout this period, children will be able to choose a duck coloring page from the selection provided and will create their own idea of what a duck should look like. All entries must be turned in to the Ronceverte River Festival staff. At 6 PM Sunday, all entries will be displayed in Shelter 1. At this time, anyone can vote for their favorite picture by dropping a penny in the correct cup. The entry with the most votes at 9 PM is the winner and will receive all the money collected as votes.
Cornhole Tournament:
Click HERE for the official Rules Of Cornhole.
Father's Day Pageant:
Dads compete for the 2019 Ronceverte River Festival Father Of The Year. Judging will be based on crowd enthusiasm, so be sure to bring the whole family to cheer. Prizes will be awarded.
Second Runner Up: $25 Gift Certifacate from Greenbrier Valley Outdoors
First Runner Up: Lew's American Hero Rod & Reel
Winner: BOG "Deathgrip" Precision Gun Tripod
Fishing Tournament:

This is a "Catch and Release" event. Judging will be based of length of fish photographed with a supplied measuring tape. Registration starts at 8 AM. Fishing may begin as soon as you are registered. Contestants under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Contestants under 18 must be registered by an adult or legal guardian. There will be 3 divisions: Youth (12 and under), Junior (13-17), and Adult (18+). Ages 15-17 must have a valid junior fishing license. Adults must have a valid fishing license. Contestants must fish in pairs (or more than 2). In honor of Father's Day, all Father/Child teams will be registered for FREE! If you do not have a partner, someone will be assigned to you. Fishing ends at 1 PM. For more information call 304-647-8864

Prizes will be awarded as follows:

Youth Division Largest Fish (any type) - Rod & Reel set. All contestants in the Youth Division will receive a "goody bag".

Junior Division Largest Bass - $25 Largest Trout - $25

Adult Division Largest Bass - $50 Largest Trout - $50

Overall Largest Catch of the day (any division) - Rod & Reel set.

Home Run Derby:
This event is sponsored by Greenbrier East Baseball. All ages welcome. Targets with nets will be available for younger contestants. $1 a swing. Prizes will be awarded. For more information call 304-661-3730

Horseshoe Tournament:
 No Horseshoes this year.

Irish Road Bowling:
1 PM Sunday. Starts at the intersection of Edgar Ave and Taylor Street. Teams are limited to 4 players. Observers are welcome. Registration is $10 per team. If your ball becomes lost, replacements will be available, but they are $10 each. Yes, you can bring your own balls, but they must match ours. If you don't know what Irish Road Bowling is, go HERE. It's fun. Put together a team and join us. For more information call 304-647-8864.
Shop & Swap:
Bring that car or truck you want to sell or trade to the River Festival. From 10 to 3, we are setting up the football field as a marketplace for all and any street legal cars and trucks. No motorcycles or offroad vehicles please. This is your chance to show off your vehicle to a lot of people at one time. There is no registration fee, and you are not required to stay the whole time. Dealers are welcome to join us to sell or buy, but please no more than 2 vehicles per dealer. The River Festival does not expect any of the money exchanged if a car is sold, but we wouldn't say no to a donation...
Volleyball Tournament:
The Volleyball Tournament will be taking place on the Little League ball field. 2 people per team, and the team must be co-ed. The Tournament will follow Beach Volleyball Rules.
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