The Festival

Historic Frontier Park » 11am - 5pm

The Race for the Rivers Festival is at the center of the Race for the Rivers canoe/kayak races and the Ride for the Rivers Katy Trail Fun Rides (register here). The festival includes a full day of music, food, beer, crafts, arts, environmental education and opportunities to volunteer.

Once again there are FREE paddles on voyager class canoes (similar to those used by Lewis and Clark). This is a great opportunity to experience the Big Muddy up close and personal.

All are welcome to come out and enjoy live music, great food and family-friendly, hands-on environmental educational displays and activities! The festival serves as the perfect place to keep tabs on the leader boards as you mingle among the racers and peruse local vendors – not to mention, it’s a prime spot to watch the racers cross the flying finish line.

Want to get involved?  Have more time than money?  VOLUNTEER!  The Race for the Rivers Festival needs you.  Contact or check out the volunteering page.

Vendor Information

  • To become a vendor, please go here.
  • Vendor Information for the day of the festival is here.
  • The Vendor Booth Map is here

2015 Festival Booths and Participants:

  • Waggons West - Upcycled clothing and accessories.  Traditional style soaps.  Quilts.
  • Steeped Tea - Loose leaf teas and accessories.
  • Scentsy Fragrance - Wickless candles.
  • Missouri River Driftwood Art
  • Just Jewelry - Jewelry and Accessories
  • Pieces of Earth Pottery - Handmade unique one of a kind pottery and living plants flowering, cacti, succulents & orchids when in season
  • The Present Emporium - Handmade wooden mugs with woodburned art.
  • Joyce Factory Direct - Replacement windows, doors, remodeling
  • Mary Anderson - Necklaces made from recycled washers
  • Great Rivers Greenway
  • Young Living Essential Oils
  • Amy's Jewelry Creations - Bracelets, Earrings, necklaces, and rings hand made from beads and charms
  • Norwex - Cleaning with just water and a cloth!
  • Greenway Network T-Shirt Sales
  • Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
  • Kilambe Coffee - Iced Coffee, Bags of Coffee, Bottle Water, and Glow Bracelets
  • Army Corps or Engineers (Mo River Recovery Project)
  • St. Charles Area Radio Club (learn about ham radio communications and listen as they monitor the progress of the racers along the course of the river)
  • Usborne Books & More - Children's Books from birth to high school
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Sierra Club
  • USA Insulation - a green company selling premium foam insulation.
  • Revolution Cycles
  • St. Charles County Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Big Muddy Adventures (Free Canoe Rides!)
  • Mutual of Omaha - Child Protect ID Kit giveaway. Parents who stop by can receive an ID booklet in which they can record their children's vital statistics, such as fingerprints, dental records and a high-quality photograph. This booklet gives parents information that authorities will need if a child goes missing.
  • Comfort Station
  • Stream Trash Art
  • Vikings
  • Thought Process Interactive Race Leader Board

Food/Drink Vendors

Kids Activities - A newly expanded kids area where most activities are FREE

  • Sunpainting
  • Upcycle crafts
  • Water play area
  • Rain Gutter Races

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