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RiverFest 2019 is Sept. 7

Event focuses on importance of lower Snake River dams


August 22, 2019

Families enjoyed fun and learning activities at last year's Riverfest event.

PASCO-Multiple agencies have joined forces to provide the second annual RiverFest event to support the importance of the Federal hydropower system and the lower Snake River dams. RiverFest, "Our Rivers, Our Way of Life," will take place on Sat., Sept. 7 from 10 a.m. -4 p.m. at Columbia Park (near the Lampson Pits) in the Tri-Cities. Admission is free.

Last year, nearly 3,000 people attended the family-friendly event that featured hands-on activities for children and facts for the community highlighting the importance of the river system. Nearly 50 exhibitors, representing agriculture, energy, transportation, recreation, fisheries, retail and economic development were on hand telling their stories of how the Columbia River system helps improve their livelihood.

Organizations participating this year include state commodity commissions, retail and tourism, tribes, sport fishing, maritime industry, transportation, trade labor unions, area ports, US Army Corp of Engineers, PUDs and REAs, hunters, water recreation and irrigation interests, plu more. More than 100 exhibitors are expected to be on hand.

Activities include tours by the Coast Guard and the Pasco Fire Boa will offer tours, firing the water cannon into the river, rain-gutter regatta, salmon canon demonstration, Lewis and Clark reenactments, barge/tugboat demonstrations, paddle boarding, Blue Mountain Wildlife Rescue, mazes, story tend, cultural performances, live music and more. Local retail and food vendors will also be on hand.

Learn more at or visit RiverFest 2019 – Our River, Our Way of Life on Facebook.


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