The 10th Annual Six-mile Creek Whitewater and Bluegrass Festival will be held on Saturday, August 12, 2017 near Hope, Alaska.
The purpose of the Six Mile Creek Whitewater & Bluegrass Festival is to bring the whitewater paddling community, the music & arts community, and the general public together to share a unique weekend of athletics, entertainment, the human connection and nature on the beautiful shores of Six Mile Creek.
Come experience the hardcore CHAOS of paddlers mass-start racing through a narrow, whitewater canyon… guaranteed ear-to-ear grins! While you’re at it, dance your faces off on the shores of the river on Saturday night to some epic live music! Music headliner Days n’ Daze (from Austin, TX). You don’t want to miss this show!
EVERYTHING (live music, competition entry, festival entry, camping, parking) is FREE!!!!! As always, there will be a raffle for some sweet prizes, and awards ceremony for the races, live music, and a fire show once the sun goes down!
Competitors If you want to compete in the river races, you must have a proper life jacket and helmet… a drysuit is highly recommended because there’s usually swimmers involved;^) See schedule below for sign-up info…
SATURDAY, AUGUST 12th, 2017:
- 11:00 am : all competitors/racers need to walk down to the main festival tent/dome on the shore of the river, grab a racing bib and sign your name, Bib number, and phone number on the sign up sheet. PLEASE return bibs to the main stage tent immediately after the races! Seven bibs disappeared last time and these are very expensive to replace.
- 12:30 pm: racers and spectators leave main festival grounds at Boston Bar area and carpool/drive back north to the 1st canyon extreme race series site (5 minutes back towards Anchorage from the main festival site, about 1 mile north of the Seward Highway bridge over Canyon Creek, just before the Hope cut-off road… look for lots of parked cars off the side of the highway at 1:00pm.
- 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm : Downriver mass-start extreme race through the 3 biggest rapids of the 1st canyon (KAYAK, canoe, inflatable kayak)
- 2:00 pm: PACK RAFT mass-start extreme race through the 3 biggest rapids of the 1st canyon (pack rafts only)
- 2:30 pm: INFLATABLE POOL-TOY extreme mass-start race (inflatable pool-toy race…ride an alligator, shark, couch, whatever you want!… (normal whitewater gear is required (aka: drysuit, life jacket, helmet))… pack rafts don’t count as an inflatable pool-toy:^
- 4:00 pm: everyone drives back to main festival area, awards ceremony, bonfire party, & live music begins. AWARDS will be around 7:00pm!
Highlights of whitewater action from the 2011 festival:
SATURDAY, AUGUST 12th, 2017 at the main festival grounds:
- 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Quinn Hagberg band
- 7:15 pm – 8:15 pm : Squeeze Mama
- 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm : The Goat Rodeo
- 9:45 pm – 10:45pm : The Shoot Dangs
- 10:45-11:00ish pm Fire show by AK Fire Circus
- 11:00-ish pm – 1-ish am : Days n’ Daze!!!!!! (prepare to dance your faces off)
*** THERE WILL NOT be any food vendors this year or beer garden! Bring food/beer for yourself so you don’t get hungry/thirsty! This is a completely self-reliant festival ***
BIG NOTE… Since the festival is completely free to the general public (not $70- $150 like most Alaskan festivals), I really need everyone to donate cash this year, as I’ve always lost money or barely broke even (never made a dime) out of my own pocket to put this event on free for everyone… and I really want to be able to pay the bands decently this year… at least a $15 – $20 donation is really needed to help pay the set-up costs, forest service and government permit fees, portapotty rental, event insurance, misc expenses, bands and keep this festival going year after year! **** There will be a cash donation box up front near the main stage, please put what you can in there to help make it possible to continue bringing everyone together every year at this festival**** Or even better, donate to the KICKSTARTER here:
DIRECTIONS: Drive 1 hour south of Anchorage on the Seward Highway towards the town of Hope. Main festival grounds are located at mile 3.4 of Hope Road. Look for festival signs.
PARKING: You can park off the shoulder of the road, but DO NOT park over the white lines or you will be towed. Don’t block anyone in and make sure sure sure your car is completely off the road. They are very serious about towing, so please spread the word!!! Please be respectful and don’t park on anyone’s private property! Be creative and use your common sense.
*** don’t park in the dirt road turn around at the main festival area, people need to be able to drive in and turn around.
*** there is a good chance that you might have to drop camping gear off at the festival area, and go drive your car down the road a ways and find a shoulder big enough to pull off over the white line. There is another large camping area around mile marker 1.
CAMPING: * Free camping! around the main festival grounds, no room for RV’s at the main festival area though, tent camping only. There are plenty of free camping areas along the road to Hope, just be creative. There’s a large field on the hillside and spots near the river behind the main stage, so just find a spot to nestle into, it’s a beautiful camping area! There is also an official campground about 10 miles down the road past the town of Hope. Once again, be creative and use your common sense and don’t make locals angry or inconvenience them.
- PLEASE PACK OUT YOUR OWN TRASH!!!! It would be awesome to have everyone’s help on Sunday morning cleaning up the area… the Chugach National Forest rangers will be assessing the area after the festival and it needs to be BETTER than it was before the festival to have the festival next year… I need everyone’s participation to do this (pick up any trash/paper, fluff up the grass where your tent was, pick up any left-over food on the ground, etc)
** If you get to the main festival grounds at 1:00pm on Saturday and wonder where folks are at… YOU’RE MISSING THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE FESTIVAL!!!!… the extreme, mass-start sprint races 5 minutes back up the road!! (look for lots of parked cars off the Seward Hwy about a mile north of the Hope Road junction).
DIRECTIONS to the extreme race area mentioned above: *Competitors & spectators will leave the main festival grounds & drive up the road to the 1st canyon race area just off the Seward Highway about 1 mile north of the Canyon Creek bridge overpass on Saturday at 1:00p.m. sharp…*** you’ll notice people leaving the main festival area, just use your intuition and follow them***
- If you want to volunteer, all you have to do is contribute somehow. I need volunteers to
- make a fire pit/collect firewood
- pick up trash and bring it to town/the Hope dump on Sunday morning
- help break down the main stage on Sunday morning
- help pack up Sunday morning
- help direct people towards parking
- river safety/rescue racers by boat/throwbag
-etc etc etc
IF YOU WANT TO VOLUNTEER, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or just help at the festival when it looks like help is needed.