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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…

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JRBF 2021 Food Vendors

Food Vendors that are planning to be at the 2021 JRBF: GALT’S MILL: El Cabritos Food Truck: Menu posted by food truck. No Breakfast BENT CREEK: VITO’S Pizza: Pizza & Subs No Breakfast WINGINA Mexican Food Truck: Menu posted by food truck. No Breakfast HOWARDSVILLE: Masonic Lodge Group at Camp-Kitchen: Spaghetti Breakfast cooked on site.…

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History of the James River Batteau Festival – Vol. 1, 1986-2020 – Information for New Book:

History of the James River Batteau Festival, Vol. 1, 1986-2020, the first 35 years is the newest book being sponsored by Bill Trout. Holt Messerly is gathering  old photos, stories, historical events and information from the JRBF’s first 35 years.  This year, 2021 and probably into 2022, the goal is to visit many of the…

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JRBF Camping Fees, Dues, Donations & Atlases:

https://vacanals.org/shop/?group_id=5  Dear JRBF Partipants, It’s that time of year again, preparing for the JRBF by paying camping fees and dues. The VC&NS online store has camping fees, dues and donations available. Camping fees online can be purchased for daily, or weekly. Donations can be made at $1 each or $100 each as there are two…

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James River Batteau Festival – Maps to sites:

There is a new page with this information in the menu bar and also posted here: “Rucker Landing” – Amherst Public Boat Ramp Percival’s Island Galt’s Mill Bent Creek Wingina Howardsville Scottsville Slate River Cartersville Maiden’s Landing

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2017 JRBF Brochure available for download

  The 2017 JRBF brochure is available here for free download if you would like to print out your own copy(s). Thank you to Nancy Marion for preparing the brochure once again.  Click here to download the 2017 JRBF Brochure. Andrew Shaw will be getting copies of this brochure and some posters. Contact him for…

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The 31st annual James River Batteau Festival came to an end for most of the batteau groups at Cartersville. Some groups decided to continue on to Maiden’s. The big rains in the mountains is causing the river to rise and based on the reports up-stream and predictions of high water, most of the batteaux are…