FOLAR Expands 2018 ‘Appomattox RiverFest’

April 12, 2018 · 1 minute read

On Saturday, April 28th the Friends of the Lower Appomattox River present the 4th Annual Appomattox RiverFest with co-sponsor Fort Lee, featuring 20+ regional partners, numerous food options, local beer from Trapezium Brewing, and a ton of outdoor activities. This day-long family event is for river and nature lovers, outdoors enthusiast, history buffs, and everyone who wants to spend a day enjoying the scenic and historic treasures of the Appomattox River.

Fishing, for adults and kids, is a big part of FOLAR’s Appomattox Riverfest.

From 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Appomattox Riverside Park (24909 Ferndale Road, Petersburg VA 23803) on the rocky rapids where Dinwiddie, Petersburg and Chesterfield meet – RiverFest will offer these activities and more:

o  Youth Fishing workshops, provided by Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries

o  Kayaking workshops with certified instructors from Fort Lee MWR Outdoor Recreation

o  Archaeological activities and demonstrations and

o  Obstacle course with Fort Lee

o  View rare fauna along the trails with a Naturalist

o  See and learn about the fish, reptiles, amphibians, bugs and birds that help keep the river healthy with Environment Education Specialists and Alliance of Wild Animal Rehabilitators and Educators

o  Stroll or ride a Tram along the River Walk Trail that provides great views of the river

o  Learn the history of the River and Batteau with the Virginia Canals and Navigation Society

o  Enjoy Trapezium Craft Beer, Food Trucks, and Live Music by Mike Packer & Johnny Holt!

There will be plenty of off-site parking with shuttle buses running throughout the day at four locations: (Only handicap accessible parking will be available on-site.)

o   Bank of McKenney, (6300 River Rd., Petersburg VA 23803)

o   Matoaca Baptist Church (6409 River Rd., Petersburg VA 23803);

o   Matoaca Elementary School (6627 River Rd, Petersburg, VA 23803); and

o   Matoaca United Methodist Church (6301 River Rd., South Chesterfield VA 23803)

The event is free and open to the public thanks to title sponsor Anthem and many additional sponsors including the John Randolph Foundation, Appomattox River Soil and Water Conservation District, Virginia American Water, Vulcan Materials, WestRock, Container First Services, Petersburg Area Regional Tourism, and Hopewell Recreation & Parks.

Additional event information can be found at or Facebook, or email,