James River Batteau FestivalJRBF General InformationLynchburg LaunchVirginia Canals & Navigations Society

Batteaux to launch from Percival’s Island Saturday.

From JRBF Chairman Andrew Shaw:

With social distancing restrictions lifted, Lynchburg is now allowing our traditional Percival’s launch.
Batteaux are encouraged to stop at Percival’s Island, as traditionally done in the past, to prepare for the official launch, signaled by the cannon blast from the Lizzie Langley at 11:00am.
Jeff Taylor will announce the boats and the VCNS and JRBF will be on site at the Love sign selling atlases and educational materials and merchandise.

There will not be other vendors as done in the past, while we still want to show some love to Lynchburg and the folks who come out and look forward to waving us down the river each year. 

This year JRBF merchandise sales will be held on 2 days during the Festival:

  • Lynchburg (9am-12pm)
  • Galts Mill (3pm-overnight-7am-9am)
  • Scottsville (3pm-until).  

Camp fees can be paid online now, please encourage all of your plastic boater barnacle friends to pay their fees to support the festival. 

See you on the river! 
Andrew D. Shaw
*Note: Scottsville School is not available to JRBF due to Albemarle County Corona restrictions****