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Riverfest Registration Closing Soon
Art Competition, Regatta, Rally on Cumberland still accepting entrants
Posted Date: 8/21/2018

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – As August prepares to wind down, so does registration of events for Clarksville Riverfest.

The Riverfest Juried Art Show registration closes on Wednesday, Aug. 22. Registration for the two water competitions, Rally on the Cumberland and the Cardboard Boat Regatta, closes September 5. Registration is available online at under the “attractions” tab. No walk ups or late entries will be accepted, so register soon.

Juried Art Show

The Riverfest Juried Art Show showcases the work of local artists in four divisions: professional, amateur, senior, and youth. The following categories are open to all divisions: 

    -Photography and Digital Media. 

    -Painting (includes acrylic, oil, and watercolor). 


    -2D Mixed Media. 

    -3D Sculpture and Fiber Arts.

Submitted artwork will be juried and artwork will be selected for inclusion in the public display on Thursday, Sept. 6 at the Wilma Rudolph Event Center as part of Riverfest.

First, second, and third place will be awarded in each of the five categories for each division. Monetary awards will be given for division overalls, first place, second place, and third place in the professional, amateur, and youth divisions. Monetary awards will also be given to one Best in Show winner from the professional or amateur division and one from the senior division. Recognition will be given for first place, second place, and third place in the senior division.

Cardboard Boat Regatta

Sailors of all kinds are invited to enter the 12th annual Riverfest Regatta, presented by US Bank, beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8 at McGregor Park.

The Regatta is no ordinary boat race. Individuals and teams will compete in boats made of cardboard or other approved materials. Several divisions will race down the 100-yard long course on the Cumberland River. To find out the complete list of materials, visit the Festival website at

The heats will be timed with the fastest time in each division declared the winner.

Competition will be in five divisions: Adult Open, Youth with Adult, Business & Industry, Church/Civic Organization, and Government. All boats will be judged prior to the racing competition for a variety of awards. All awards will be announced and presented at the conclusion of the Regatta.

The entry fees are $10 for Government, $15 for Youth or Adult, and $25 for Businesses and Churches/Civic organizations.

Rally on the Cumberland

Back for a sixth year, Rally on the Cumberland is a six-mile canoe and kayak race beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 9 on the Cumberland River. Participants will begin at the Montgomery County Conservation Club and end at the McGregor Park boat ramp.

The race will be paddled in heats and include the following divisions: Youth Division (singles), Youth Division (doubles), Beginner (singles), Beginner (doubles), Intermediate (singles, Intermediate (doubles), Advanced (singles), and Advanced (doubles).

The entry fee is $10 per paddler, ages 13-17; and $20 per adult, ages 18 and up. All participants in the race must provide their own boat. Those who do not own a canoe/kayak, may can contact our official outfitter, Blueway Adventure at (931) 320-8466.

About the Festival

Riverfest is Clarksville’s longest running community festival, and brings more than 30,000 people to the banks of the Cumberland River in an arts and recreation celebration. This year, Riverfest will be Sept. 6-8, 2018, featuring Sister Hazel, a mainstay on the Billboard country and adult alternative charts for more than two decades. Music, art, family events, and more will fill Liberty Park on Sept. 6, and McGregor Park on Sept. 7-8. Admission and entertainment at the festival are free and open to the public. For the full Festival schedule check out To receive the latest news and updates on entertainers, be sure to sign up for the festival newsletter.

Admission to the three-day festival is free, thanks to partners Miller Lite, Google, US Bank, Waterdogs Scuba and Safety, Clarksville Living Magazine, Lamar Advertising, Mary’s Music, Five Star Media Group, Bi-County Waste Management, and the Downtown Artist Co-Op.

For information call 931-645-7476 or visit




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