Scottsville – June 21, 2017 – Photos by Polly Wooldridge.

Batteau, Scottsville, Slate River
[ngg_images source="galleries" container_ids="136" sortorder="8826,8825,8827,8828" 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 batteaux floated between Howardsville and Scottsville on Wednesday. Ms. Polly Wooldridge was there and sent the photos above to share! Thanks Polly! Thursday the batteaux go to Slate River. If you are going, please be aware that the site moved last year to a new location, just across the Slate River (up-river on the James). If you are going by car from rt. 15, pass by the old Solite Plant and continue a few minutes until you pass over the Slate River, which would look like a creek by road, and the entrance to the site will be on your…
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Howardsville – Tuesday afternoon, June 20, 2017.

Batteau, Howardsville, Lady's Slipper
[ngg_images source="galleries" container_ids="134" 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="filename" order_direction="ASC" returns="included" maximum_entity_count="500"] The batteaux traveled from Wingina to Howardsville on Tuesday. The river was high, fast and muddy, but was slowly receding and calming down all during the day. The batteau Ladies Slipper was the first to arrive. The rest of the batteaux came in a few at a time and seemed to take their sweet time getting there since with that water level it would have been an easy shorter than normal day to Howardsville. Once again the fine group of local ladies gathered along the bank to wait for the batteau and cheer the arrivals! Tables with plastic table cloths and fancy…
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Wingina – Tuesday Morning – June 20, 2017.

Anthony Rucker, Batteau, Wingina
[ngg_images source="galleries" container_ids="133" 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="pid" order_direction="ASC" returns="included" maximum_entity_count="500"] The batteaux traveled from Bent Creek to Wingina on Monday. The batteau Anthony Rucker had some trouble along the way somehow getting stuck on some rocks and a major board along the waterline broke off the boat causing it to sink and the crew to scramble and gather all gear/boxes while other crews helped secure the boat, flip it upside down and the approx 40 foot board was nailed back in place. The boat flipped back right side up, gear put back in the boat and continue on to Wingina! Long time batteauist and former JRBF Chairman Ralph Smith joked that it…
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Galt’s Mill Site – Sunday Morning – June 18, 2017.

Batteau, Galt's Mill site of the JRBF, Ned Nelson
[ngg_images source="galleries" container_ids="132" 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="filename" order_direction="ASC" returns="included" maximum_entity_count="500"] Arriving at the Galt's Mill site of the James River Batteau Festival a little before 7:00 AM, I saw the sun rising almost over the mountain in the distance. The campsite was busy with people getting ready for the day. Once again the Amelon United Methodist Church prepared pancakes and sausage for breakfast and I ate there visiting with Ralph Smith and some of his crew. The news of the morning was that our friend Clay Atkins had broken his wrist the evening before. Details were hard to get, however, it appears that somehow he fell near the campsite against a gunwale…
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Batteaux launch from Percival’s Island to begin the 2017 James River Batteau Festival!

Batteau, James River Association, Lynchburg Launch
[ngg_images source="galleries" container_ids="131" 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 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 preparations on board the boats were nearly complete. All the finest old-timey outfits were nice and clean for the start at 11:00 am.  The batteau Maple Run shot off a cannon to get things started! "Fire in the Hole"....BOOM! and a big cloud of smoke. Everyone cheered…
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2017 James River Batteau Festival – Friday night – Getting ready to go at Rucker Landing!

Batteau, James River Association, Rucker Landing
[ngg_images source="galleries" container_ids="130" 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 2017 James River Batteau Festival is almost here! Most of the batteaux are in the water and on Friday afternoon several more arrived and were launched from Rucker Landing at Rivers Edge Park in Amherst County, VA. Many long time batteau friends were gathering by the river with handshakes and hugs! Gail Timberlake and the batteau Ladies Slipper were getting the boat ready. Lisa B. greeted to come aboard the batteau Clifton Lee and she was drinking plain ice water! The batteau Seven Islands launched off their trailer and the front sweep man was all smiles and thumbs up rearing to…
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