Ready your kayaks and stock your sunscreen. River Fest is returning to Linden on Saturday, June 25 from noon to 7 p.m.

 Organized by the Keepers of the Shiawassee, this event’s purpose is to raise awareness about the importance of the Shiawassee River, and it’s the main annual fundraiser for the Keepers. 

 “The Keepers of the Shiawassee are happy to be able to return to Linden this year, and we look forward to seeing everyone enjoy another fun day by the river,” said Brad Jacob, chairperson of the Keepers. 

 In 2021, River Fest was a two-day event that coincided with Linden’s Sesquicentennial celebration in July. This year, it’s a free one-day, family friendly festival. 

 River Fest activities will occupy most of the downtown Mill Pond area with activities for all family members, Jacob said. The public can expect seven hours of local live band music playing at the Kimble-Sharp Gazebo along with many vendors, the popular kids cardboard boat regatta race, a rubber duck race, a corn hole tournament and more fun activities.

 Educational opportunities also will be available. Attendees can take part in a water monitoring testing and training, kayak demos, invasive species exhibit and paddle, a Michigan Department of Natural Resources boat cleaning exhibit and more. 

 For a detailed schedule of events, visit keepersoftheshiawassee.org/shiawassee-river-fest/

Band schedule

12:00 - 12:45 Useless information

1:15 - 2:00 Black Sheep

2:30 - 3:15 Maggots

3:45 - 4:30 Rock squad

5:00 - 5:45 Playin’ with Jacks

6:15 - 7:00 Jon Fett Quartet

About the Keepers of the Shiawassee:  

 The Keepers of the Shiawassee River is a 501(c)(3) non-profit based in the Linden/Fenton area. It was first established in 2009. The Keepers advocate for the Shiawassee River, the Shiawassee River Water Trail Coalition, and the communities along the river. They organize paddling events, river cleanups, install signage, educate, and help to create/maintain canoe and kayak launches along the Shiawassee River.  

 The Keepers perform the Shiawassee River macroinvertebrate water monitoring program, in partnership with the Genesee County Drain Commissioner’s office, at four sites along the river twice a year, Jacob said. 

 “We are a founding member of the Shiawassee River Water Trail Coalition in which over 31 organizations from Holly to Chesaning, Michigan participate,” Jacob said, adding that they were proud to have been a part of the efforts to have the Shiawassee River designated a “State Water Trail” by the Michigan DNR in December 2018 and a “National Water Trail” by the U.S. Department of the Interior in October 2020.

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