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June 15, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 pm

FIBArk: June 15-18, 2017

2017 marks the 69th anniversary of FIBArk, the nation’s oldest whitewater festival and Salida’s signature event. Since 1949, every June during the Spring snow runoff, Salida has hosted FIBArk, “First in Boating on the Arkansas.”

The festival focuses on whitewater boat races and paddlers from around the nation and world come to compete. The town is consumed with FIBArk. Every person who lives in Salida is involved as a merchant, a volunteer, or a spectator and people who come from out of town fill Salida to the brim to witness one of the premier boat races in North America.

Now, celebrating it’s 69th year, FIBArk continues in its long tradition to celebrate its past, experience the present, and embrace its future. The FIBArk Youth Paddling Program is a successful instructional series which develops the next generation of paddlers beginning with safety, roll and stroke coaching. The current board of directors has placed a greater emphasis on continuing this popular and important part of the FIBArk mission.

The festival is presented by a group of dedicated people who volunteer their time to organize the event and annually a Board of Directors is chosen to plan, promote and present all the weekend activities. FIBArk would not be possible, however, without the support of literally hundreds of people in the community who help as event sponsors and volunteers. The FIBArk Board of Directors thanks everyone again for their contribution and support toward this wonderful whitewater festival.

Thursday Schedule

Event Dates & Times Are Subject To Change

08:00 AM

09:30 AM

Numbers Boater Cross Race START

The boater cross format will consist of one timed run down Number Four rapid, followed by exciting seeded heats of head-to-head racing down one of the biggest rapids on the Arkansas! Top two competitors from each heat will advance on to the next heat until four competitors remain for the final heat…

  • 9:00 am                   Competitors Meeting
  • 9:30 am                  Timed Runs
  • 10:30 am                  Head to Head Heats
  • 12:00 pm                  Finals
  • 4:00 pm                  Awards at the FIBArk awards platform in Salida

01:30 PM

Salida Boat Ramp

Freestyle – Cadets

12:30 on site registration and online  Athlete Check in
1:00 Competitor meeting at Boat Ramp
1:30 Competition.
Finals based on number of entrants.

03:00 PM

Salida Whitewater Park

USRA R6 National Rafting Championship Time Trial

The winning teams from the Men’s and Women’s divisions will represent the U.S. at the World Rafting Championship in the following categories: Masters, Open, Under 23, & Under 19. The 2017 World Rafting Championship will be held on the Yoshino River, Koboke section near Miyoshi City, Japan.

04:00 PM

FIBArk Awards Platform

Freestyle – Cadet and Numbers Boater Cross AWARDS

Numbers Boater Cross  AWARDS at 4:00 Freestyle – Cadet AWARDS at 4:30

06:00 PM

1st & F Streets

Tenderfoot Hill Climb

This one-of-a-kind race is a signature kick-off to FIBArk events. Beginning at the stop light at 1st and F Streets, participants run and scramble straight up Tenderfoot (“S” Mountain) and back down. Believe it or not, the winners do it in less than 12 minutes! Prizes go to the top three male and female competitors, middle of the pack and the oldest runner. This ultra classic event is sponsored by Chums and Beyond Coastal Sun Care.

06:00 PM

Salida Boat Ramp

Raft Rodeo

With all the serious raft races out there today, we almost overlooked the lighter side of rafting. Not anymore. Be ready to put on a show and kick off the freestyle action at the Salida Whitewater Park. Prizes will be awarded for nothing but silly moves. Sponsored by Down River Equipment.


June 15, 2017
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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