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

Union First Market Bank

Bill Talley Ford Mechanicsville

Chandler Chevrolet

Virginia Motor Speedway



Minters Golf

Virginia Building Solutions

Barbour Printing

Digital Wisdom

Tappahannock Farmers Market

The House and Home Magazine

B H Baird

Lowes Hardware Store

Marks & Harrison


Thurston Springs

FDP Brakes

Colonial Farm Credit

Lowery's restaurant

St. Timothy Catholic Church

Tappahannock Furniture

Leslie Taylor CPA

Southside Motel Tappahannock

Tappahannock Pharmacy

Join us for RivahFest 2016! - the Tappahannock Virginia community festival that will be held downtown Tappahannock on Prince Street all day.

RivahFest promises more wonderful hometown family fun for our community members and visitors from all over Virginia and from around the country! Enjoy seeing old friends, eating great food, listening to cool music, playing fun games, and browsing arts, crafts, antiques and merchant booths to your heart's content. To add to the family fun a whole area of Kid's activities will thrill and entertain the younger crowd.

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RivahFest Activities - Saturday, June 18

Arts, Crafts & Antiques is sponsored by:
Arts and Crafts
Opens 10 a.m..

Over 100 exhibits featuring handmade arts, crafts and antiques from around the country

Along Prince Street
and Courthouse Green

Children's Activities is sponsored by:
Children's Activities
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Slides and climbing wall; rides & games, puppet show, face painting and much more!

Duke Street and Water Lane
On St. Margaret's Campus

Boat Show
Maritime Activities

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Area marine vendors display boats of all makes and sizes. Marine information and boat safety informatiuon is also provided

Water Lane
Tastes of Tappahannock is sponsored by:
Essex County - Virginia
Tastes of

10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Crab cakes, oysters, steamed crabs, hamburgers, hot dogs, fish sandwiches, baked goods, lemonade and more offered by 20 local non-profit and commercial organizations.

There is a tented seating area located on Water Lane in front of Stage 2

Water Lane, from Prince Street to Virginia Street
Merchant's Market
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Merchant's Market - Local products, services, crafts and goodies and local businesses offer information on products and services.
Duke Street and on Cross Street, between Prince Street and Virginia Street
Wine Garden
at St John's

11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Select wines are offered for tasting and being served in the calm courtyard garden at St John's.
Intersection of Duke Street and Cross Street
Dunking Booth
10 a.m. - 5 p.m..

This is your opportunity to dunk one of your favorite persons! The Boss, The Supervisor or the Mayor - your pick!

Water Lane at Virginia Street
The Beer Garden is sponsored by: Al Pugh and Budweiser
Beer Garden
10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Golden Beverages served in a restricted location - Budweiser Beers and Beverages

Corner of Prince Street and Water Lane

Carriages Rides
10 a.m. - 5 p.m..

This is wonderful opportunity to enjoy open carriage rides at this event offered by Oakley Farm Carriage service.

Earl Street & Water Lane

RivahFest Virginia National Guard Fitness Contest
Teen Contest
Sponsored by
Virginia Army
National Guard

10am to 5 pm

Teen contest featuring a mini-athletic short course for National Guard Medals. This is a continuous event run throughout the day, no registration required. The Guard-Fit Challenge will feature a timed short course with six different exercises. Prize will be awarded for best performance of the day.

RivahFest Gospel Choirs

Gospel Choirs
11 am to 5 pm

Rivahfest Contemporary Gospel Concert¯ performing contemporary Christian music.

St. Margaret's School Campus at SMS Hall
RivahFest Idol Contest
RivahFest Idol

The RivahFest Idol Contest returns hosted by WRAR & WNNT. The $1,000 prize is sponsored by Bill Talley Ford of Mechanicsville.


Starts at 10 a.m.

The Cornhole Tournament starts with 40 teams to countdown to cash prizes.

Captain's Grill and Patio at Lowery's Restaurant
The RivahFest Crab Race is sponsored by:
The Rotary Club of Tappahannock
Rotary Club
Crab Race

10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Select your speediest crab, prime your water squirt pistol and win cash prizes.

Water Lane & Virginia Street

Living Statue
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Living Statue sits on a pedestal, dressed in a costume and wearing heavy theater makeup, and looks like a Duane Hanson sculpture.

Cross Street and Prince Street intersection
The Antique Cars Display is sponsored by:
Riverland Insurers and Thurston Spring Service
Antique Cars Show
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Some of the Antique Cars appearing at RivahFest by courtesy of the Northern Neck Region, Antique Automobile Club of America and antique cars - show organized by Peyton Guest

Water Lane, between Earl and Wright Street

Captain Thomas
Happy Hour
River Cruises
Boarding at 4:15 p.m.
5:00 p.m

Take a $5 cruise on the Rappahannock River and enjoy a unique sunset cruise experience.

Hoskins Creek
Bridge on Route 17/360

The Bus Shuttle Service for Visitor Parking is sponsored by:
The Town of Tappahannock
Bus Service
10 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Courthouse Exxon at corner
of Cross and Queen Streets

Continuous bus service runs from Tappahannock Elementary School parking lots & Tappahannock Towne Center parking area to RivahFest bus stop on corner of Cross Street and Queen Street/Rt. 17/360 next to Courthouse Exxon

The Music & Entertainment is sponsored by:
Essex Bank
Bon Secours
Hospice of Central Virginia
Marks & Harrison
Riverside Hospital


Cedar Creek Band

Mystic Soul Bubbas

Main Stage


11:00 am to 12:00 noon RivahFest Idol hosted by WRAR and WNNT

12:30 pm to 3:00 pm Cedar Creek Band

Cedar Creek has been wowing the crowd for many years with original country, Top 40 country and classic rock stream at each performance - on Stage 1 at RivahFest
3:00 pm
RivahFest Idol Winner repeats winning performance and receives the $1,000 prize
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm The Mystic Soul Bubbas - Part 1

The legendary southern rock and roll/blue eyed soul singer/songwriter, Hammond B-3 player, and independent recording artist. His accomplishments include being the co-author of "Sweet Virginia Breeze", southern soul music chart-topper.
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm The Mystic Soul Bubbas - Part 2

Located at: Water Lane
and Prince Street

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