River Rock rivets Richmond

A weekend in RVA

Photo by: Carrie Rowley
Monster BMX Bikers flip over the city during their performance at River Rock.

Dominion Power hosts River Rock every year in Richmond, Virginia, which took place from May 17-19 this year and brought in crowds of people from diverse places. River Rock provides various water activities, including: kayaking and paddle boarding, while also offering featured events, such as: the Subaru Ultimate Air Dogs Competition, the Monster Energy BMX Team, slackline shows, bouldering, and races. Over the previous years, Midlo students have taken the event very seriously. Students and various visitors gather day and night throughout the weekend to enjoy the spectacular activities that Richmond has to offer.

Upon entry into the festival, volunteers handed out maps and fans for visitors who would spend the day having fun under the blistering sun. With a high of 90 degrees, locals and passersby hydrated at the water stations and visited the numerous tents supplied with shade and hand crafted items.  Tents exhibited hand made bracelets, rings, necklaces, and other sculpted crystals. Food trucks surrounded the festival with different cultural cuisines, such as: Greek, American, Indian, and Asian foods.

Directories placed on either side of the festival showed concert times for the stage set up on the west end of the location. Bands and soloists performed for big audiences throughout the all-day event. South Hill Banks and Billy Strings played on Friday, while Justin Golden, Rebekah Rafferty and the Wakes, Glass Twin, Erin and the Wildfire, Palm Palm, Turkuaz, and Chris Robinson Brotherhood entertained on Saturday. Finally, Sunday was on blast with Full Moon Fever, The Big Paycheck, and Skydog. 

The various events around Richmond for the River Rock Festival provided fun for all ages. Dominion Energy hosts the annual celebration in Richmond every spring.