39th annual James River Batteau Festival ready for exploration send-off

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR)– Lynchburg Parks and Recreation invites the public to celebrate the launching of the 39th annual James River Batteau Festival on Percival’s Island on Saturday, June 15 from 9:00 a.m. to noon.

This annual boat launch sends boating enthusiasts on an eight-day journey as a part of the Virginia Canals & Navigations Society at 11 a.m. Guests will be able to send them off on their expedition to Richmond in the tradition of the Batteaux, the long-haul truck of its day.

Those interested are invited to bring a kayak, or canoe, or stand on the shore as cannons are fired to send off the Batteaux and their crews.

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Also, the festival will feature family-friendly exhibits from a number of local businesses and educators, including Lynchburg Parks and Rec’s Nature Zone. Parks and Rec will also have a tent set up showcasing animal exhibits and showing off future plans, a kayak display, and information on other boating programs and activities.

For more information, visit the LYH website.

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