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Willamette River Festival celebration continues virtually

Activities will be held every day of the week till August 22.

Posted: Aug 17, 2020 7:26 AM
Updated: Aug 17, 2020 10:39 AM

LANE COUNTY, Ore. – River enthusiasts are invited to the fourth annual Willamette River Festival this week, with activities being held every day till Aug. 22.

This year’s events are combining “virtual” technology with real-life connections to the river. Activities include geocaching, self-guided cultural and ecological tours, an online Native cultural film screening, and a series of paddling videos.

People can also participate in a “PaddleCross Challenge,” a recreational paddle route starting at the Alton Baker Canoe Canal and winding downstream on the Willamette River back to the park.

“We are excited to carry on the festival this year, especially in light of so many other events having been canceled due to COVID,” said festival director Michelle Emmons.

The Willamette River Festival aims to bring the community together while highlighting the Willamette River’s unique history and ecology. The festival also honors and recognizes that Lane County is on the traditional indigenous homeland of the Kalapuya people.

Click here for the list of events.

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