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FIBArk on the Arkansas River

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Arkansas River Rafting

High flows promise to give spectators quite a show for the 67th Annual FIBArk whitewater festival on the Arkansas River in Salida. Every year in June during the Arkansas River runoff in Salida, Colorado, a festival occurs called FIBArk or “First In Boating the Arkansas.” The festival focuses on whitewater boat races and paddlers from around the nation and world come to compete. The town is consumed with FIBArk. Every person who lives in Salida is involved as a merchant, a volunteer, or a spectator and people who come from out of town fill Salida to the brim to witness one of the premier boat races in North America.

With the festival just days away, registration for athletes and parade participants is now open. River events start at 6:00 am on Thursday, June 16. The ever popular Tenderfoot Hill Climb is at 6:00 p.m.

River events continue Friday and the parade starts at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday.  The best attended event, the Hooligan Race, will commence Saturday at 5:30 at the Salida Whitewater Park.

Sundays events include trail running, mountain biking, Crazy River Dog competition and the Down River Race itself.

Free music in Riverside Park include  Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Peter Rowan,MarchFourth!

Like FREE shirts? or Helping out a good cause?! Volunteer for the 68th annual FIBArk Festival! Lots of different opportunities for all interests.

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Wes Hill

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