Annual Fall Float and Meeting of the James River Batteau Festival. Howardsville, VA, October 20th, 2018.

Batteau, Howardsville, JRBF Meeting
[caption id="attachment_15410" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Howardsville, Virginia - Boat Ramp - Loading the batteau on the trailer.[/caption] The JRBF fall meeting took place on October 20, 2018 at Howardsville. The day started out cool and cloudy but the weather turned beautiful and it was a lovely fall day. The fun and fellowship included a paddle from Wingina to Howardsville just prior to the meeting and even the foot of mud on the boat launch didn’t dampen the spirits of the paddlers. There was good food, thanks to Roger’s culinary skills with hot dogs on the grill and everyone’s pot luck dishes (lots of beans!), and luckily everybody made it in time for the meeting and cookout. Four children also attended the event but were busy building something out of sticks and…
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JRBF – Scottsville – Thursday AM – June 21, 2018

Batteau, Scottsville
[ngg_images source="galleries" container_ids="144" display_type="photocrati-nextgen_pro_horizontal_filmstrip" image_crop="0" image_pan="1" show_playback_controls="1" show_captions="0" caption_class="caption_overlay_bottom" caption_height="70" aspect_ratio="1.5" width="100" width_unit="%" transition="fade" transition_speed="1" slideshow_speed="5" border_size="0" border_color="#ffffff" override_thumbnail_settings="0" thumbnail_width="100" thumbnail_height="75" thumbnail_crop="1" ngg_triggers_display="always" is_ecommerce_enabled="0" order_by="sortorder" order_direction="ASC" returns="included" maximum_entity_count="500"] Thursday morning in Scottsville was cool and quiet. After another shower late in the evening the night air had cooled down to a comfortable sleeping temperature! Arriving by the river as it was getting light Doug Berry and I took photos of the fog and clouds on the river.  The riverside came to life gradually and the batteaux got ready to go down to Slate River. Some left at a normal time and some didn't leave until 10 am or later. That's ok with the good amount of water in the river. It should be a good trip today and the crews…
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JRBF – Scottsville – Wed. June 20, 2018

Batteau, Scottsville
[ngg_images source="galleries" container_ids="143" display_type="photocrati-nextgen_pro_horizontal_filmstrip" image_crop="0" image_pan="1" show_playback_controls="1" show_captions="0" caption_class="caption_overlay_bottom" caption_height="70" aspect_ratio="1.5" width="100" width_unit="%" transition="fade" transition_speed="1" slideshow_speed="5" border_size="0" border_color="#ffffff" override_thumbnail_settings="0" thumbnail_width="100" thumbnail_height="75" thumbnail_crop="1" ngg_triggers_display="always" is_ecommerce_enabled="0" order_by="sortorder" order_direction="ASC" returns="included" maximum_entity_count="500"] The Scottsville site of the 2018 James River Batteau Festival was a little damp after a storm dropped a decent amount of rain. There were some big mud puddles and some children delighted in playing in the mud. The food vendors were along the campsite by the river and included BBQ, smoothies and several other types. There were displays of arrowheads and scented soaps and the VC&NS Publications tent. The JRBF T-shirt tent with Tina were selling lots of shirts and hats etc. Some musicians played and sang old songs and it was nice to hear them. The sun had come back…
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JRBF – Sunday June 17th to Monday June 18th, 2018, Camp Monican II campsite to Bent Creek.

Batteau, Bent Creek Site of the JRBF, Galt's Mill site of the JRBF
[ngg_images source="galleries" container_ids="142" display_type="photocrati-nextgen_pro_horizontal_filmstrip" image_crop="0" image_pan="1" show_playback_controls="1" show_captions="0" caption_class="caption_overlay_bottom" caption_height="70" aspect_ratio="1.5" width="100" width_unit="%" transition="fade" transition_speed="1" slideshow_speed="5" border_size="0" border_color="#ffffff" override_thumbnail_settings="0" thumbnail_width="100" thumbnail_height="75" thumbnail_crop="1" ngg_triggers_display="always" is_ecommerce_enabled="0" order_by="sortorder" order_direction="ASC" returns="included" maximum_entity_count="500"] Father's Day, Sunday June 18th, 2018, was a beautiful day on the river. The JRBF camped in Galt's Mill on Saturday night. David Haney, Site Manager, said everything went real good and it was a pretty quiet night. Having worked 3rd shift near Lynchburg, a private put-in at Greif Brother's mill (near Christian's Island on the James) was really great. The plan was to catch up to the batteaux and take photos at places like Higgenbothom Falls. After shuttling to the Bent Creek Boat Ramp, Dr. William E. Trout, III drove me back to the canoe at Camp Monican II Boy Scout…
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33rd Annual James River Batteau Festival has started from Percival’s Island – June 16, 2018

Amherst County, Batteau, Lynchburg Launch
[ngg_images source="galleries" container_ids="141" display_type="photocrati-nextgen_pro_horizontal_filmstrip" image_crop="0" image_pan="1" show_playback_controls="1" show_captions="0" caption_class="caption_overlay_bottom" caption_height="70" aspect_ratio="1.5" width="100" width_unit="%" transition="fade" transition_speed="1" slideshow_speed="5" border_size="0" border_color="#ffffff" override_thumbnail_settings="0" thumbnail_width="100" thumbnail_height="75" thumbnail_crop="1" ngg_triggers_display="always" is_ecommerce_enabled="0" order_by="sortorder" order_direction="ASC" returns="included" maximum_entity_count="500"] The James River Batteau Festival began in Lynchburg, Virginia. The boats were lined up along the beach of Percival's Island. Once again Jeff Taylor announced the boats and did a fantastic job as usual. The weather was perfect, the kind you only get once every few festivals! Everyone looked all clean and ready to go in their best old-timey outfits. A new batteau to the festival this year is from the James River State Park is the batteau Madison. Long time friend of the Batteau Festival, Mr. Mike Lee, took the front sweep and a crew lady from the Lady's Slipper is…
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