MuRF 2019, March 22-24
What’s up MuRFers?!? Here we are again, getting ready for our 6th consecutive festival. I can’t believe it’s been so long! We’ve loved getting to know each and every one of you!
Your awesome host, Tom Hehnen and I have been hard at work trying to get things in order for this years’ festival. We have been trying to make a big change in our festival for several years. Last year those efforts landed us at Cummins Falls State Park and we had a blast there. But financial strain has caused us to take a more grassroots approach moving forward.
That’s why this year, The Muddy Rivers Festival is coming home to it’s roots in the Spring Creek Gorge. The music this year will be at Tom’s house with performers up top in the driveway and acoustic performers down at the Hole/ ramp area at the creek. We will have live music by Nashville performing artists Nick Cross, Jamie Lewis, and more! Big thanks to Nick Cross for booking this year’s event.
This year the festival will go down from last year’s $50/ weekend, to the original $30/ weekend including camping. Primitive camping is available with separate rowdy (Swinging Bridge) and quiet (5 Story Tower) campgrounds right on the creek. There is no electricity provided but there is a bath house with plenty of hot spring water.
This year, we will host a 9 hole disc golf course right on the creek also. This course is located directly between both campgrounds. There will be equal woods shots and long distance open shots.
The ramp and freestyle hole will be lit up all night too so come get your crazy on, whenever. I think being able to paddle from the festival to your campsite is going to be one of the best things about being down in the gorge.
Most of the action will go down Saturday March 23rd with the “King of the Spring” race starting around 9am. Jerrod Jones, of Silverbirch Canoes will be back to defend the crown in the 3rd undertaking of this downriver race. After the race, there is a guided group paddle down Class 3+ Spring Creek that finishes at Tom’s house. After that, we will host a World Kayak Hometown Throwdown (Freestyle boat competition) at Tom’s house followed by a huckfest on the 50′ tall kayak vert ramp. Yes… that’s a thing. In the afternoon, there will be a guided beginners float down lower Spring Creek (Class 2) to the bridge. Shuttle service will be provided.
This festival beneifts veterans through Team River Runner Nashville, and the local landowners who come together to make this possible. We hope to see everyone there again this year. Expect some rowdy Cumberland Plateau fun with plenty of dirt bikes, four wheelers, kayaks, canoes, and ridiculousness. I can’t wait!