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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Howardsville – Tuesday afternoon, June 20, 2017.

Batteau, Howardsville, Lady's Slipper
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JRBF-2016-Howardsville – Goosby’s Falls

Batteau, Clifton Lee, Goosby's Falls, Howardsville, Scottsville
Howardsville was pleasant as usual on Tuesday afternoon. The Howardsville Ladies Club (the name I gave them) were in their usual perch above the beach with their lawn chairs and snacks and beverages visiting and waiting for the Batteaux to arrive. It was so nice to visit with them again. The rain came in the afternoon and evening and was enough to cool down the camp. The Masonic Lodge made dinners for sale and Wednesday am cooked sausage and egg biscuits for the batteau crews and was very nice. Wednesday the batteaux made their way to Goosby's Falls and the Mary Marshall went down one time and then poled back up-river around the island side and ran the rapids again! This is the first time I've taken photos of a…
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JRBF-2016-Wingina-Tuesday-AM

Batteau, Howardsville, Maple Run III, Wingina
Wingina was cool this morning as the camp came back to life. The ice man came by and took orders for ice and later delivered with his little red wagon. The Maple Run crew had a nice campfire and were cooking steak and eggs. The Troop 700 Boy Scouts were busy packing their gear and stopped to pose for a picture to be taken. The Rose of Nelson batteau pulled out due to the crews need to work on their house that they are adding on to. The clouds came over and it started to sprinkle some and the batteaux headed for Howardsville.
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Goolsby’s Incident report according to Charlie Davis, Capt. of the batteau “Virginia Creeper”

Batteau, Batteau Breakup, Howardsville, Scottsville, Virginia Creeper
[nggallery id=38] From Wingina to Howardsville we had major rain, at times you couldn't see 2 hundred yards. We lowered the canvas and a half a dozen kayakers came over to the batteau for shelter. Two women and one fellow stayed aboard for the rest of the trip. Jack and one of the women, Maggie the RN, hit it off over shots of bourbon. The guy who joined us, Henry, floated with us the next day to Scottsville. Wednesday on that trip we got locked up in the rocks about mid-river in some serious current above the falls at Goosby. Punched a hole in the boat you could drop a baseball through. Water poured in, we probably had five or six inches of water in the boat before I could…
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