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River Jam 2018

jun 16

noon to 9 p.m.

Photo courtesy James River Basin Partnership

Event Details

Jun 16 2018

noon to 9 p.m.

Finley River Park
891-961 N Riverside Rd
Ozark, MO
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Ages 16 & up: $5; Ages 7–15: $3; Kids 6 & under: free

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Event Host: James River Basin Partnership & KY3/ KSPR News , featuring Bass Pro Shops Outdoor Days

2018 Event Sponsors: 
Steak 'n Shake
Youngblood Auto Group
Bass Pro Shops

Waivers will only be needed for Bass Pro Shops Pontoon Boat Rides & River Kayaking/Canoeing

This summer, join us on the banks of the beautiful & shady Finley River as we host River Jam 2018. We are gathering to celebrate local water through hands-on, interactive activities, live music, beer & food stands, a crawdad boil, with the help from water loving businesses and organizational booths.

We are joining together with KY3 / KSPR to bring you this year’s annual James River Basin Partnership event and fundraiser. 50% of admission will directly benefit JRBP's ongoing non-profit water quality mission here in the Ozarks! Also say "hello" and "thank you" to the Ozark High School Marching Band parents and volunteers for their help at this year's River jam.

We are returning back to the water for the third year at the Finley River Park in Ozark Missouri to celebrate the beauty and necessity of clean local waterways in the James River watershed and beyond.

We encourage you to bring your picnic blankets, camping chairs, foldable chairs, umbrellas, sunscreen, …whatever you may need to stay comfy at this exciting day at Finley River park. Note: coolers and pop-up tents are not allowed.

12:00pm - 6:00pm

* Openwater Canoeing, Kayaking, and Bass Pro Shops Pontoon Boat Rides on the Finley River 

* Kayaking in a 20ft x 50ft, 15,000 Gallon Pool

* Casting Activities, Catch and Release Pools, and Bank Fishing 

* Rock Wall

* Bass Bounce House

* Bass Pro Shops Interactive Camping Display 

* Bass Tub Aquarium featuring Fishing Technique Shows 

* Aquarium Viewing Pools spotlighting Finley River Fish & Aquatic Life

* Hover-ball Archery and Air-Rifle Ranges

First sign a waiver with Bass Pro Shops (must have adult consent (18+), then enjoy a leisurely Bass Pro Shops pontoon boat ride up the Finley River -or - hop in a canoe/kayak on the Finley River while being supervised by experienced paddlers from Ozark Mtn Paddlers and Springfield-Greene County Park Board Outdoor Initiatives, River Jam guests can safely test out canoes and kayaks with trained personnel. 

We are excited to announce this year's River Jam stage lineup including:
*Guided Yoga & Music
*3 Musical Acts
*2 Wonders of Wildlife Shows


Stroll the line of food vendors with some local favorites.

Then head into our Crawdad Quarter for our crawdad boil! How many thousands of pounds of crawdads will we go through this year? Get delicious mudbugs provided and expertly prepared by Big Pop's Fresh Louisiana Gulf Seafood.

Feeling parched? Looked no further than our Springfield Brewing Company & Wil Fischer tent and truck. Or grab a cool drink from Ozarks Coke and DP Bottling Company.

Visit various local business and organizational booths around River Jam.

Come hang out, surrounded by the beauty of the Ozarks, and experience our local water in a new way!

Interested in becoming a vendor at River Jam? Contact Tom Mast at tjmastx2@gmail.com

Interested in becoming a River Jam sponsor? Contact Christa Gammon (JRBP) at: ChristaGammon@MissouriState.edu