Here are the basics about the festival and how it will work:
The third Link River Festival will be on June 3rd and will run from 10am-2pm. The Klamath County Museum is taking the lead on the 2017 Festival while Klamath Greenways Foundation is a supporting organization. It will run similarly to our 2015 event. Access to the festival will be from either end of the trail (North end- Putnam Point and South end- Favell Museum.) The trail and festival is open to the public, and all ages are encouraged to attend. It is a walking event, taking place on the west side Link River Trail. (Approximately 1.5 miles each direction.) There will be presenters, music, vendors and food along the trail. Should you wish to walk only one direction, free shuttles will be available.
Dogs: Because some of the exhibits are sensitive or have live animals, we politely ask you to leave your dogs at home. Leashes will be mandatory, as usual, for all pooches that are in attendance.
How it Works: Anyone may walk the trail without charge, stopping at any of the stagestops to hear from various partners about aspects of the canyon, either historic, cultural, industrial, ecological, or recreational. For those interested , there is also an interactive passport program. A map of the stagestops is available on the Festival Map. The trail is unimproved, so wear sturdy shoes, and whatever aides you need to feel secure walking. Bring water and sun protection if the day is warm. We ask all participants to stay on the marked trails. The area is sensitive, both culturally and biologically, and we wish to keep it undisturbed.
Passports and Prizes Program: Passport books will be available at the entrance to the event. The passport will have a series of questions in it that relate to each of the stage stops on the river. Kid’s passports are free, and adults are $1.
Participants will walk the river, stopping at any stage stop that they find interesting, to learn or interact with the presenter at that stop. Each presenter will cover one fact that will answer the question in the passport. Presentations will last about 5 minutes, and are up to the presenter or their organization. Materials, handouts, and activities will vary from one presenter to another. Some may be historic characters, others teach you about kayaking or fishing; still others will talk about power plants or dams. There should be a broad spectrum of speakers and activities, so enjoy the walk while you learn about the canyon. Passports will be checked at the end of the walk, and names submitted into a drawing for those who correctly answered the questions. There are age specific categories for prizes.
Food, Music and Vendors will be situated in a few key areas as space allows. You can see the numerous participants contributing to the Festival on our Festival Partners page.
Restroom facilities: There will be restrooms spaced on the trail, and there are also restrooms at Putnam’s Landing.
Parking & Shuttle Service: Parking is available at both ends of the river, and shuttles will take you the short distance to the start of the trail if you wish. On the south, parking is available at: Veterans Park, Klamath Art Association, south trail turn around, and South Portal Building (205 Riverside). On the North, parking is available at Putnam Landing and Moore Park. Shuttles will run regularly between the South end of the Canyon (stops at Favell Museum, South Portal and Veterans Park) to the North Trail (stops at Moore Park, & Putnam’s Landing ). You may of course walk both directions. The Shuttle is free but donations are gladly accepted.
Volunteers, Donations & Memberships: If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us at our email address: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Eric Nelson, our Volunteer Coordinator, at 541-882-3141. Additionally, Klamath Greenway’s Foundation welcomes any donations toward the event. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Klamath Greenways Foundation, go to our Membership page.