The Inaugural Chattooga River Festival is a 3-day weekend packed with fun filled events in celebration of our Wild and Scenic Chattooga River! The festival will kick off Friday, June 22 in Clayton, Georgia with the deliverance. redemption. salvation. artist's reception at Timpson Creek Gallery followed by the Ronny Cox Band Show at the Rabun County Civic Center.
The fun continues Saturday, June 23 in Long Creek, South Carolina with the Banjo Boogie Hills n' Chills Fun Run, whitewater rafting via local outfitters, guided nature hikes, and an all-day music festival at Chattooga Belle Farm with performances by The Mosier Brothers, Sol Driven Train, Shannon Whitworth, Nitrograss, Conservation Theory, Timberline, Heather Luttrell and Michelle Malone! Finalists of the Dueling Banjo competition will also perform and patrons can enjoy an arts & crafts festival village, food vendors and a fun craft area for kids! Also on Saturday, Ronny Cox will be signing copies of his new book "Dueling Banjos: The Deliverance of Drew" between 3-5pm at Timpson Creek Gallery in Clayton, GA! To round out the evening, VIP Weekend Pass holders will get to rub elbows with Ronny Cox and other Deliverance cast and crew in an exclusive VIP access only event! General Weekend Pass holders will have opportunity to attend the Warner Brother's 40th Anniversary Premiere of Deliverance at the Rabun County Civic Center in Clayton, GA!
On Sunday, June 24 at the Chattooga River's Bulls Sluice parking lot, boaters and friends of the environment will gather to assist American Whitewater, the Georgia Canoeing Association the Atlanta Whitewater Club and other environmental partner organizations in a river clean-up initiative. On Sunday afternoon, in Clayton, GA at the Rabun County Civic Center, come and enjoy capivating classics from the 50s & 60s, powerful gospel, traditional Christian Music by the White Family and friends + Deliverance Storytellin’ with locals “Banjo Boy” Billy Redden, Kenny Keener, Doug Woodward – original stuntman and author of “Wherever Water Flows,” Des Oliver and Debbie Jiles Parker sharing stories about their experiences during the filming of the movie. There will also be interlude performances by Dueling Banjo Competition winners. The weekend comes to a close with a showing of the movie Deliverance at the Tiger Drive-in in Tiger, GA.
NOTICE: Events associated with the festival are RAIN OR SHINE and tickets are NON-REFUNDABLE!!!
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Chattooga River Festival
The Chattooga River Festival was created to encourage environmental stewardship in conjunction with the responsible recreational use of the Chattooga River watershed. Its mission is to increase awareness of the importance of protecting and preserving the unique ecological environment and scenic beauty of this valuable resource. 2012 marks the first, in what is anticipated to become an annual celebration.