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This past weekend was my very first experience at the Animas River Days festivities. The event started on Thursday May 28th and ended on Sunday May 31st. Saturday held the largest chunk of activities and was my favorite day. Thursday was the kick off for Animas River days, Friday was the preliminary competitions, Saturday was when the main events happened and Sunday was the awards ceremony and wrapping everything up.

Here is another blog where I bring you along for the ride as I experience my first Animas River Days. Let’s get started!

 

Saturday's schedule (as you can see it was jam-packed)

MAY 30, SATURDAY (Santa Rita Park)

8:30 - 11:00 Kayak Slalom
11:00 Music begins...see lineup here
11:00 - 12:00 SUP Slalom
11:00 Dog contests begin! Registration for all Dog Contests at Healthy Hounds and Fat Cats booth
11:00 Dog Fetching Contest - River 
11:30 Dog Fetching Contest - Land
12:00 Best Dry Land Dog Trick contest
12:00 - 2:30 Boater X *event overlap*
12:00 - 2:30 Last Paddler Standing 
12:00 Beer Garden opens with Ska Beer and alcohol sales
2:30 - 4:00 Surf Competition Finals (prelims Fri night)
3:30 - 4:00 Raft Race. Launch - 9th Street Bridge, Finish - Santa Rita Park
3:30 Yellow ducky race... Buy a ticket for a chance to WIN a new stand-up paddle board! 
4:00 Junior Freestyle Comp (under 18) - no prelim qualifiers 
5:00 - 6:30 River Parade
6:30 - 7:30 Inflatable Rodeo
7:30 - 9:00 Freestyle Kayak Competition Finals (prelims Fri night)
10:00 Late Night Dance Party at the The Balcony Bar & Grill – Backstage Theater (formerly The Summit).

 

Saturday morning I wake up to my roommate telling me we should go hang out by the river and finally get some of that sunshine that has been absent so recently. After arriving at our spot at E 3rd Ave and 29th Street, we decided to seek out "the beach". After a short walk along the dirt path that departs from the Animas River Trail we found our beloved beach was overrun by other spectators. Not feeling particularly social, we turned around and headed back to our original spot. This ended up being a great location because many of the rafts for the events put in right next to our claim. We had a great view of the all the rafts coming by and talked with a lot of the participants.

The River Parade was my favorite; all the crazy outfits and the rafts that were tied together to form an even bigger raft. We talked with one group of all the females that were wearing neon tutus. Another looked as though they had taken the umbrella from an outdoor picnic table and stuck it in their raft. One had two other rafts stacked on top of the larger raft. Plenty of groups had crazy costumes such as dressing up as a mariachi band, sombreros and all. We just sat on the bank and watched as each new and different float came by. We would all wave and cheer for them, laughing at any crazy antics.

After we had gotten slightly singed, we ventured down to Santa Rita Park where most of the events of the day had taken place. We caught the end of the Inflatable Rodeo and the Freestyle Kayak Competition Finals. Seeing as I am not exactly the most coordinated or aquatically friendly person, it amazed me how they moved through the water with such grace and poise. The inflatable rodeo was another event that I found extremely entertaining as well. But my all-time favorite part was just hanging on the river bank and watching the floats drift by.

 

I would highly recommend attending Animas River Days if you are going to be in town for the festivities. There is no right or wrong way to do river days. If you want to hang out on the beach all day and watch the floats come by, that’s great. If you want to be where all the action is, then go hang out at Santa Rita Park all day. Just make sure to slather yourself with sunscreen! You can burn so easily up here!

 

If you like this type of post where you hear about my experience at an event let me know! Also if you’d like me to go to or try anything let me know as well!

Did you go to River Days or are you now planning to go to river days next year?

If you went what was your favorite part?

As always if you have any comments, questions or suggestions feel free to shoot me an email at juliavolzke@msn.com!

Have a lovely day and I’ll see you on my next adventure!