June 9, 2017

Sherrie Tribble
Special Events and Major Gifts Officer
(804) 788-8811, ext. 202

Lynchburg Launch Festival Kicks off the James River Batteau Festival with Family Fun on June 17

Join the James River Association at the Lynchburg Launch Festival on Saturday, June 17. The event, a kick off for the James River Batteau Festival, will be held at Percival’s Island from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Watch the launch of replica batteaux as they begin their journey down the river and enjoy activities highlighting the history and ecology of the James River. The Lynchburg Launch Festival will feature traditional live music and live demonstrations, environmental activities, crafts for children, and a petting zoo. A variety of nonprofits will be in attendance to offer educational activities about the history and ecology of Lynchburg. Children will be encouraged to participate in an educational scavenger hunt to learn something from each organization. All completed scavenger hunts will be entered to win a prize.

Food will be for sale by local food trucks Mama Croketts Donuts, Nomad Coffee Company, The Frosty Penguin and Upper Crust Pizza.

For more information visit The event is sponsored by Bank of the James, Old Dominion Wood Products and the City of Lynchburg.


ABOUT JAMES RIVER ASSOCIATION:James River Association is a member-supported nonprofit organization founded in 1976 to serve as the guardian and voice for the James River. Throughout the James River’s 10,000-square mile watershed, the James River Association works through its core programs – Education, Community Conservation, Watershed Restoration, River Advocacy and the Riverkeeper Program – to help people of all ages enjoy, appreciate and protect the beauty and health of the James River for future generations to enjoy. For more information visit