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Gauley Fest 2023
September 14 @ 1:00 pm - September 17 @ 1:00 pm
Save the date… American Whitewater’s Biggest Public Outreach Event is back in Summersville, West Virginia September 14th – 17th! This year we will be celebrating Gauley Fest’s 40th Anniversary with an 80’s theme Saturday night!
Gauley Fest features live entertainment, onsite camping, a whitewater marketplace, a raffle, and a silent auction where you can pick up some awesome outdoor gear! Come out and join us for a weekend of great paddling, exciting camaraderie, live entertainment, killer boat raffles, and the infamous silent auction.
Started in 1983 to celebrate the derailment of a hydroelectric project that would have disrupted the flows on the Gauley River, Gauley Fest has grown to become the largest paddling festival in the world. The festival is a showcase for American Whitewater and the top whitewater vendors in the boating community.
All proceeds from the festival support American Whitewater’s river conservation and access work throughout the nation.