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Waynesboro Riverfest set for April 28

riverfestWaynesboro’s Riverfest, an organization dedicated to promoting environmental conservation and watershed stewardship, will host its annual Riverfest on Saturday, April 28, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Constitution Park in Waynesboro.  The event is free and open to the public.

This event takes place by the South River in downtown Waynesboro and will include a wide variety of environmentally themed activities and programs. Presentations this year will include a birds of prey program by The Wildlife Center of Virginia, a local hospital for native wildlife. Joining the Wildlife Center will be Buddy the Bald Eagle, the Center’s non-releasable resident eagle ambassador. Reptile World, a crowd favorite, will return for two presentations about snakes and other reptiles found around the world.

New presentations for 2018 will include “Black Bears of the Southern Appalachians”, presented by local bear expert Michael Pelton, as well as a bird walk and presentation on Kingfishers and Other Birds with John Spahr of the Augusta Bird Club. Other returning presentations include “Snake Traits and Wives Tails” by the Virginia Herpetological Society, a live bat program with The Save Lucy Campaign, and a stream interpretation program with live fish, presented by Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

Free activities include canoe rides down the South River, face-painting, games for children, arts and crafts, and a variety of other activities with exhibitors in the large exhibit tent.

The day will end with the Great South River Duck Race, during which participants “adopt” a rubber duck and watch as ducks race down a stretch of the South River. Ducks are corralled and collected downstream; the top five winners (plus the last place duck) receive cash and gift certificate prizes from a variety of local businesses. Ducks may be adopted prior to the race or the day of Riverfest.

For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit