On Saturday, April 29th the Friends of the Lower Appomattox River will stage the 3rd annual Appomattox RiverFest (with co-sponsor Fort Lee). This day long family event is great for nature lovers, birders, history buffs, outdoor enthusiasts and anyone who wants to spend a beautiful day outdoors enjoying the scenic and historic treasures of the Appomattox River.
From 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Appomattox Riverside Park – at the rocky rapids where Dinwiddie, Petersburg and Chesterfield meet – RiverFest will offer these activities and more:
o Obstacle course and climbing wall with Fort Lee
o Youth Fishing workshops, provided by Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries
o Kayaking workshops with certified instructors
o Archaeological activities and demonstrations with Fort Lee archaeologists
o For nature lovers – view rare fauna along the trails with a Master Naturalist
o See and learn about the fish, reptiles, amphibians, bugs and birds that help keep the river healthy with Environment Education Specialists and Thunder Eagle Wildlife Rescue
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 Food Trucks and Live Music by the Fort Lee Band and Mike Packer & Johnny Holt!
There will be plenty of parking with shuttle buses running throughout the day at four locations:
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. Additional information can be found at www.folar-va.org or Facebook, or email,GetInvolved@folar-va.org or by calling (804) 543-0325.