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Gauley Fest

  • Summersville, W.Va (map)

American Whitewater's Biggest Public Outreach Event!

All proceeds from the festival support American Whitewater's river conservation and access works throughout the nation. Started in 1983 to celebrate the derailment of a hydro-electric 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. The festival will feature live entertainment, a whitewater marketplace, 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.

Note: Gauley Fest will always be held on the third Saturday of September


The Gauley Fest vendor marketplace is second to none for reaching the whitewater boating and outdoor community in the US. Every year literally thousands of attendees come from nearly every state in the U.S. to Gauley Fest to view product demonstrations, interact with manufacturer representatives, and make purchases. Purchasing a vendor space at Gauley Fest offers a terrific opportunity to vendors who wish to reach a broad demographic and generate substantial sales for their business.

We will be seeking new food vendors for Gauley Fest 2018! Food vendor opportunities at Gauley Fest are a perfect way to showcase your local restaurant or unique food cart to thousands of outdoor enthusiasts. Our event team limits the number of food vendors to provide the highest sales opportunities for your business, and to provide our event attendees with diverse, sustainable and affordable food options while camping onsite. Food vendors may email us directly as specific menu, licensing, electrical and space requirements must be approved in advance as part of our food vendor screening process.

Reserve your 2018 Gauley Fest Vendor space now!

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