Nearly every water event and outdoor activity imaginable will be offered Saturday afternoon during the Cherish the Chetco River Fair at Redwood Bar, located up North Bank Chetco River Road.
Just 14 miles up the Chetco, people will have a chance to try their hand at canoeing, explore a 40-foot inflatable “fish tent,” learn about the river’s macroinvertebrates or admire a river birds display.
“We wanted there to be something for everyone – kids and adults,” event coordinator Ann Vileisis said. “I think the river offers something for everyone.”
The fair will be held from 1 to 5 p.m., with the goal of promoting a better understanding and stewardship of local rivers, according to a press release on the event. It is free and open to the public.
More than a dozen groups, including Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, South Coast Fishermen and local artists have volunteered to help.
“I think one of the things that’s totally exciting is that there will be so many groups participating,” Vileisis said.
In the morning before the fair, a trash pick up and ivy removal party (see the information sidebar) will be held.
“The whole idea is to promote stewardship of the river because it’s a resource that we care about and enjoy, yet a lot of times when you go upriver, you find trash,” Vileisis said. “The idea is to promote stewardship so that everybody can enjoy the river, and take better care of it.”
In terms of attire, Vileisis recommends people dress properly to participate in the water activities, wear appropriate shoes for walking on rocks and dress to enjoy a day at the river. She also suggests people pack a picnic and bring water.
A free bus to Redwood, sponsored by South Coast Watersheds, will be offered Saturday afternoon. It will depart Azalea Park at 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m., and return from Redwood at 1:30, 2:30, 3:30 and 4:30 p.m.
The event is sponsored by South Coast Watersheds, the U.S. Forest Service, and partnering agencies, community organizations, local businesses and volunteers.
“We just kind of tapped the expertise of who we had,” Vileisis said. “It was really kind of an evolving thing. Everyone just brainstormed about who we wanted and who we knew who could make it happen.”
For more information, please visit http://www.cherishthechetco.com.