One of the things that makes Washington special, is the Missouri river. Last Saturday, it received its own special celebration at the Washington River Festival & Clean-up at James W. Rennick Riverfront Park, Washington, MO.
The river clean up that has been happening every year, has grown into a wonderful festival put together by local residents and friends of the river.
Meet Gloria Attoun Bauermeister, one of the key organizers of the event and musician with Augusta Bottoms Consort. She was delighted because over 1000 people came to the festival this year!
Due to the high river levels on Saturday, the volunteers could not go out on the river for the clean-up. However, the River Festival had lots of fun activities to offer.
Live music, demonstrations, educational booths, hands-on art, yoga, botanical walk and so much more attracted many Washington residents to the festival at the Riverfront.
These were plenty of activities for children. I quite enjoyed this display of beautiful posters of poetry, stories and art by local elementary students through their “What the River Means to Me” project.
This looked like a lot of fun!
Everybody seemed to enjoy the tunes of the Texas Giants.
There was live music everywhere 🙂
Isn’t this amazing? “From Trash To Art” is a project that gives the opportunity to local sculptors, Washington High School students and teachers to transform river trash into art.
So creative, isn’t it?
The amazing sculptures were auctioned off at the festival to benefit River Relief.
Some of the exhibitors.
Gloria was teaching this little girl to play music – so sweet!
Sunshine and the live music by the riverfront? What a great way to spend the day!
A big thank you to the Missouri River Relief and all volunteers who make the River Festival and Clean up possible – the river is a wonderful treasure we enjoy every day, and we need to cherish and celebrate it!
For more details about the event, and to stay updated on what’s new, click here.
To see the list of sponsors and volunteers, click here.
To follow Missouri River Relief on Facebook, click here.