Appomattox River entertains during FOLAR’s Riverfest event

By: Michael Campbell | Twitter: @itsthesoup
Posted: May 7, 2019 | 1:45 p.m.

VIRGINIA – The springtime showers and storms that are common in Central Virginia during this time of year held off just enough last weekend to allow for one of the region’s more unique festivals to entertain hundreds as Riverfest showcased the best parts of the region’s natural asset, the Appomattox River.

Hosted by the Friends of the Lower Appomattox River, this year’s Riverfest had the Appomattox Riverside Park abuzz all day Saturday as people took part in a number of activities on the river during an event that has become a flagship gathering for FOLAR and the region.

From fishing on the Appomattox, to learning how to kayak with instructors from Fort Lee, to nearly three dozen regional exhibitors, and plenty of food and live music, Saturday’s festival offered something for everyone of every age. 

Events that showcase the natural beauty of the river and its banks is something that FOLAR’s executive director Wendy Austin enjoys taking part in and inviting the community to join them in their love for the river makes it that much more enjoyable. 

“FOLAR takes great pride in working with the community on projects along the Appomattox,” Austin remarked. “We recently hosted a very successful River Trail 5K in Prince George County. We also had the grand opening of the Hopewell Riverwalk. We continue to conduct cleanups along the river, work to make areas accessible for individuals with disabilities, and constantly strive to make the beautiful Appomattox River a place of peace, joy, beauty, and fun not only for us but for future generations.” 

The volunteer organization encourages the community to get involved with FOLAR. To learn more about their work, visit, email them at, or call (804) 543-0325.

Copyright 2019 by Womack Publishing
Photos Courtesy of Ken Newman & FOLAR
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