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36th Annual James River Batteau Festival – Start at Percival’s Island – June 19th, 2021.

The 36th annual James River Batteau Festival began with the loud boom of the cannon aboard the batteau Lizzie Langley beside Percival’s Island. The boats looked great, the weather was beautiful and everyone was in great spirits. Jeff Taylor announced the batteaux as they began their 8 day journey to Maiden’s Landing, near Richmond, VA.…

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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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Batteaux have great launch from Percival’s Island today, June 15th, 2019.

The weather was great for the start of the 2019 James River Batteau Festival. It was nice and clear and sunny, the river water was a good color, not muddy and conditions were just right! The batteaux slowly drifted down to Percival’s Island to wait for the official launch as they were announced by Jeff…

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33rd Annual James River Batteau Festival has started from Percival’s Island – June 16, 2018

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…

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Batteaux launch from Percival’s Island to begin the 2017 James River Batteau Festival!

The Batteaux slowly made their way to Percival’s Island from Rucker’s Landing. Crowds formed along the bank of the island. The day was cloudy and the water a brown cast from recent rains.  Jeff Taylor was on the bank to announce the start of the festival once again. Many old friends reunited and last minute…

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The 2012 James River Batteau Festival has started!

The Batteau “Grace of the James” departs Percival’s Island in Lynchburg on Saturday, June 16, 2012. Katy Basten in the white dress! The Lynchburg Launch of the 2012 James River Batteau Festival was a huge success! The weather was beautiful. Jeff Taylor announced the boats departing and the crowd on the beach was pretty big…

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Lynchburg Launch of the James River Batteau Festival

Click here to download a PDF file of the above Poster. The following was sent in by Pat Calvert from the James River Association: To briefly explain the Lynchburg Launch: James River Association staff have been working for many months with a dedicated committee comprised of Ralph Smith (JRBF Chairman), Jeff Taylor, Mason Basten and…