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Tappahannock RivahFest

Sorry... no DOGS are permitted in the RivahFest area... for the safety and convenience of all visitors - RESTRICTIONS

RivahFest 2016
Saturday, June 18, 2016
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*** RUBBER DUCK TICKETS $1,000 Cash Prize***

Union First Market Bank

Bill Talley Ford Mechanicsville

Chandler Chevrolet



Marks & Harrison

Minters Golf

Virginia Building Solutions

Barbour Printing

Richmond Times Dispatch

Digital Wisdom

Tappahannock Farmers Market

The House and Home Magazine

B H Baird

Lowes Hardware Store


Thurston Springs

ProBuild Tappahannock

FDP Brakes

Carrington Place

Colonial Farm Credit

Colonial Farm Credit

Lowery's restaurant

St. Timothy Catholic Church

Tappahannock Furniture

Clarke’s Auto Service

Southside Motel Tappahannock

Three Rivers Soil and Water Conservation District

Tappahannock Pharmacy

            Welcome Message from Roy Gladding, Mayor of Tappahannock

            Welcome from Sharon James and David Broad, Co-Chairs

            Check out RivahFest 2013 Photo Gallery

Welcome to the Tappahannock-Essex County RivahFest 2016, a fun community festival that will be held in downtown Tappahannock Prince Street on June 18, 2016. RivahFest 2016 will be even better than last year, when more than 12,000 visitors got a first-hand look at our community’s most outstanding features—and had fun doing it. Dozens of volunteers have been working for months to prepare for the June 18 event. And the best news of all is that entry to the RivahFest 2016 area is FREE - only a small charge for children's rides, and of course for food and drinks.

“Tappahannock deserves a great festival,” said 2015 Steering Committee Co-Chair David Broad “It’s not only a source of community pride, it also promotes tourism and economic development.”

Back by popular demand this year are a huge Arts & Crafts section, Children’s Activities area, and an expanded Merchants' Market. Two Entertainment Stages will feature a wide variety of performers, headlined by the legendary musical style of The North Tower Band from Raleigh, North Carolina. Opening the day on Stage One will be WRAR's revamped RivahFest Idol with up to ten finalists followed by the another band - usually a past RivahFest favorite.

There’s also a Maritime Area with boat displays and other nautical activities, an even bigger Antique Car display bringing car clubs from the Northern Neck and from the Richmond area, and the Taste of Tappahannock food area, featuring local seafood and festival favorites.

One of the newer activities with an ever popular following is the Cornhole Tournament now located at Lowery's Restaurant patio. Up to 32 teams will battle throughout the afternoon for the Championship and prize money - online registration is available!

“There’s something for everyone--country, gospel, bluegrass, rock and soul.” "This year's lineup offers as always talented acts to entertain all afternoon at Tappahannock RivahFest!" according to Chris Quann, in charge of Main Stage entertainment.

main event band From 3:30 until 7:30 pm, the NORTH TOWER BAND - Throughout the 80's and 90's NTB has been entertaining thousands all over the southeast. Over a dozen years of experience has enabled them to become one of the most versatile bands around. From their beginnings as a vocal group in the late 70's Until today NORTH TOWER has continually stressed high quality lead singers and tight back-up harmonies as a mainstay of their sound. . Check out the main stage lineup..... Kicking off the Afternoon, the Pat Russell Band utilizing some of the area's best talent and have established themselves as one of the top local live music acts in Richmond and Central Virginia playing hundreds of gigs and opening up for national acts.
Pat Russell and

RivahFest offers merchants and community groups an outstanding opportunity to gain visibility, make sales or raise money, Katherine Newman noted. Merchant’s Market has been improved this year to accommodate displays by local businesses and organizations. Vendor applications are being accepted for the Arts & Crafts area
(804-445-2065), Taste of Tappahannock food court (Kristen Morris 804-443-4343), and Merchant's Market (804-445-2065). To ensure listing in the festival program, the deadline is April 15. Vendors can apply using easily downloaded forms from this web site or new this year online application.

St. Margaret's Hall will be the backdrop for Gospel music featuring the Eastern Virginia Christian Music Association with five bands slated to appear. Starting again this year the St. John's Choral Concerts from 10 am to 3pm, a great place to cool off and relax during the heat of the day. In addition, event organizers are tackling the traffic challenges that RivahFest generates by providing satellite parking on both the north and south ends of the town limits this year - see map for location of shuttled parking areas.

RivahFest benefits from support by a score of local businesses that have encouraged their employees to serve on festival committees. In addition to Co-Chairs Sharon James and David Broad, Steering Committee members are Libbie Franklin, Jeff James, Joey Reinhardt, Tim Saunders, Kevin Dolan, Rebecca Hubert, Chris Quann, Kristen Morris and Treasurer John Clickener.

Additional committee chairs Arts and Crafts; Phil Stinchcomb, Logistics and Safety; Katherine Newman, Promotions and Advertising; Rebecca Hubert, Sponsorship; David Broad, Rubber Ducks & Website; Joey Reinhardt, Publications; Kristen Morris, Taste of Tappahannock; Jeff James, Maritime Area; Annette Coleman, Children’s Activities; Chris Quann, Entertainment; Libbie Franklin and Sharon James, Merchant's Market; Peyton Guest, Antique Car Show; Tim Saunders, Beer and Wine Garden, Corey Beazley, Safety and Security.

The Rappahannock River Rubber Duck Race will be your chance to win $1,000 first prize, $500 second prize, or $250 third prize in Tappahannock Rivahfest event on the river. The race kick-off is 3 pm and you can watch the ducks battle wind and tide along the banks of the Rappahannock from St. Margaret's campus on Water Lane. Over 2,000 ducks will be in the running, uh, paddling... so get your tickets (PayPal, Visa, Mastercard, Amex) online by clicking this link. A portion of the sales goes directly back to the Community as grants so you are making a contribution and at the same time raising your chances to win the $1,000 and other cash prize.

For more information, to volunteer or to suggest ideas, for this year or next year, please contact the respective committee chairs - these folks are the community leaders who are making this event happen and all your help and assistance is most welcome! Want to be part of RivahFest fun? Volunteer your help online

Commercial sponsors can be a Stage Sponsors or an Event Sponsor, or advertise in the RivahFest Guide. Download the Sponsorship Agreement or call Rebecca Hubert 804-443-8164 or Shannon Shogren 804-443-9381.

In the main Festival area, a Marine Events, Display and Services area will provide displays and river activities which will demonstrate our enjoyment of this beautiful riverfront community.

Growing popularity each year has attracted many entries to the Antique Cars and Hot-Rod Show on the Gilchrist Field between Virginia Street and Earl Street. Over 120 antique vehicles make the annual pilgrimage to Tappahannock RivahFest knowing that they can show off their restoration skills and have a entertaining afternoon visiting other activities in the festival.

Taking advantage of Tappahannock's heritage, visitors can take a self guided tour - The Tappahannock Walk and tour the historic locations of downtown Tappahannock - all located within a three by three block area - and led and narrated by a knowledgeable local resident. The tour will include the Customs House, Taverns, Debtors Prison, Courthouse, Schools and Churches and cover 200 years of history from the mid 1600's to the mid 1800's.

RivahFest Activities

Two Music Stages
Choral Groups
Antique Cars
Duck Decoys
Crab Race
Beer Garden
Wine Garden
Antique tractors
RivahFest Idol

Horse & Buggy Rides
Rubber Duck Race
Kids Games
Face Painting
Puppet Show
Kids Rides
Food Vendors
House Tour

Where to Eat in Tappahannock
Where to Stay in Tappahannock
RivahFest 2013 Photo Gallery
RivahFest 2012 Photo Gallery
RivahFest 2011 Photo Gallery
RivahFest 2010 Photo Gallery
RivahFest 2009 Photo Gallery
RivahFest 2008 Photo Gallery
RivahFest 2007 Photo Gallery
RivahFest 2006 Photo Gallery
RivahFest 2005 Photo Gallery
RivahFest 2004 Photo Gallery
RivahFest 2003 Photo Gallery
Locate any RivahFest web page by using the site map

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