GREEN RIVER — The 15th Annual River Festival was held on August 19th and 20th, 2016 with the majority of the events taking place on the historical Expedition Island.
The event was held in conjunction with Art on the Green.
Overall participation exceeded 3,000 participants from all over Wyoming and 28 different States.
Friday night was chilly and windy, but the Chamber still came close to selling out of shrimp boil tickets, cooking over 900 pounds of shrimp.
Over 125 people competed in the Run with the Horses Marathon. This number was down compared to last year due to fewer 10K runners, who are mostly made up of locals.
Likely the cold weather on Friday night kept locals from coming out to register.
Beer sales were slower this year due to the winter like weather, but sponsorships were up by over 15% which helped offset the costs!
There were 14 Hand Craft Vendors, two food vendors, a shaved ice vendor, two bands, a Micro-Brew Garden, a Duck Race, and the Run with the Horses Marathon, a River Walk, Dog Fetching Competitions, a Dog Show, and a Car Show.
There was plenty of entertainment for all ages! This year the Chamber added in a trout decorating contest.
Wooden trout cutouts were sold to local businesses and individuals.
Each business decorated their fish and the participants at the River Festival had the chance to vote on their favorite decorated fish.
The winner this year was Trona Valley Federal Credit Union, they did a fabulous job!
There were over 245 votes for all the fish combined. Thank you to all who participated.
This will definitely become a part of the festival for years to come.
The Chamber would like to thank all of the volunteers and all sponsors for the 15th Annual River Festival; without them, this event would not have happened!
Please see below for the full listing of River Festival event winners:
Women’s 10K: 1st place Brenda Gray of Rock Springs, WY 45:16.0; 2nd place Cortney Reed of Rock Springs, WY 45:55.0; 3rd place Hallie Briesmaster of Layton, UT 51:15.1.
Men’s 10K: 1st place Jerrid Washburn of Green River, WY 39:02.9; 2nd place Ryan Giles of Rock Springs, WY 42:38.6; 3rd place Aaron Woodbury of Rock Springs, WY 47:28.1.
Men’s Half Marathon: 1st place Nick Walrath of Green River, WY 1:50:42.3; 2nd place Kevin Cadogan of Jackson, WY 1:57:08.1; 3rd place Michael Coughlin of New York, NY 1:58:47.3.
Women’s Half Marathon: 1st place Jennifer Drinkle of Green River, WY 1:55:06.6; 2nd place Kristine Maggi of Green River, WY 2:00:02.6; 3rd place Julie Seymour of Green River, WY 2:04:12.2.
Men’s Marathon: 1st place Jason Crompton of Rock Springs, WY 3:18:10.8; 2nd place Josh Wadlington of Oak Hill, VA 3:39:37.6; 3rd place Jason Abbs of Wexford, PA 3:49:27.8.
Women’s Marathon: 1st place Brooke Yaiser of Middleport, NY 3:47:25.5; 2nd place Ashley Lureen of Denver, CO 4:11:16.7; 3rd place Amy Emmarco of Wayne, NJ 4:24:16.2.
The Car Show had 39 entries.
Duck Race Winners: 1st place winner was Jared Witt, he won $250; 2nd place winner was Charlotte Wright who won $100; 3rd place winner was Colleen Fackrell who won $50.
The Dog Fetching contest had 9 participants for the River Fetch and 12 participants in the Land Fetch.
The fetching on the land winner was John Ritter’s Indy.
Fetching in water was Kellen Munneke’s Yahto.
Our dog & owner look-alike contest was won by Presslee Erramouspe and Fynn.
The Ugly Mutt contest was won by Amy Erramouspe and Morty.
The trick competition was won by Don Weaver and Oscar.
The Friendliest Dog competition was won by Hailey Tyler and Zeus and they, also, won Best In Show!
We would like to thank everyone who participated in this year’s River Festival!