Friends of the River Annual Gear Swap @ ARF!

Need river gear? Got too much? Maybe you just want to make some money off that old bucket boat to buy your own self-bailer? Come to FOR’s annual river gear swap at American River Festival, September 7th and 8th, 2013 at Henningsen-Lotus Park in Lotus, California. We already have an assortment of used kayaks, rafts, and boat frames with too many life jackets and paddles to count and more! Help keep the tradition alive by signing up to bring gear or volunteer. A committee of experienced Gear Swap types are coming together to make this happen. If you would like more information or want to get involved, please email See you on river and at the swap!

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ARF 2013

Plan to join us Sept 7-8, 2013, for the 32nd American River Festival! We are currently looking for sponsors and volunteers to help with the slalom races on Sunday, September 8th. You can call Dan at 530-333-9115 to offer your time (no experience necessary (<: ) – Thanks to those already signed up!

This year’s event is a scaled down version, consisting primarily of the Slalom events and the Friends of the River Gear Swap. After discussions with local community members and other event planners we are transitioning the annual event to a Spring event for 2014 in the interest of increasing attendance and interest as well as to facilitate possible new funding sources and collaborative activities and events. We hope you will plan to attend the Nugget Slalom Races this year and check out the awesome array of used gear and equipment available through the FOR Gear Swap at HLP County Park!

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Welcome to our new website!

We hope you enjoy the new American River Festival website. We’ll be using the blog to post updates and news from the event.

Please consider visiting us on Flickr and YouTube. We’d love to have you share your Festival photos and videos with us!

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