Thanks for a great 4th River and Roots Fest.

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River and Roots 2017

Plenty of quality food and craft vendors at the Fest

River and Roots 2017 benefits the Shenandoah River


Back again this year…Fiddle Camp!

fiddle workshop virginia

Fiddle Music Camp – River and Roots 2017 – Ever wanted to try fiddle? This all ages camp is a fun and relaxing time to learn a few tunes, whether you are a beginner or advanced. Something for everyone! Come on out and fiddle by the river. Malia Furtado, David Van Deventer and Stacey Sinclair will be teaching  this year at River and Roots Festivals  Fiddle Music Camp on Tuesday 6/20/17 thru Friday from 1 pm thru 3 pm each day, Friday will be 1-2 pm. This camp is for all ages and all levels. Students should come with a working fiddle and a way to record (most smart phones have a record app). Tuition is $100 for all 4 days and does not include the early arrival festival ticket (some day parking will be available for day trippers)

Space is limited sign up now. More info and tickets.

Join the fun

Fiddle Music Camp – River and Roots (pic from 2016) –  Tuition is $100 for all 4 days and does not include the early arrival festival ticket (some day parking will be available for day trippers) .

Space is limited, Sign up now.

Feed the Festival Farmers Market

fresh virginia produce

Local Farmers Market – Stock up for the Festival Friday afternoon at our on-site Farmers Market! We will be having four of the best local farmers selling you meats and vegetables for grilling. Do your weekend festival food shopping here folks, for the highest quality meats and veggies. Learn about your local farmers and be a part of the solution.

Tubing and River Fun

water trip relax

The Festival is held on the banks of the Shenandoah River. Tube rentals and shuttle info. at Watermelon Park Camp Store

2017 River and Roots award raised $5000 to support the Friends of the Shenandoah

festival organizers

Shepherds Ford Productions and Watermelon Park Campground are proud to announce the we were able to raise $5000 this year for the Friends of the Shenandoah . Thanks to Jason Dengler at Wildwood Landscape and Tony Furioso for sponsoring the Recycling, Jon Lohman and the Virginia Folklife Program for sponsoring the Harris Brothers, and Chip Schutte for sponsoring the Guitar Week teacher All-Stars. And thanks to the Piedmont Environmental Council, and The Downstream Project.


    Piedmont Environmental Council
    Empowering citizens to protect what makes the piedmont a wonderful place

    Shenandoah Riverkeeper
    Using community action and enforcement to protect and restore water quality in the shenandoah valley for people, fish, and aquatic life.

    Friends of the Shenandoah
    A volunteer, non-profit, scientific organization dedicated to the preservation and protection of the shenandoah river and its tributaries.

    The Downstream Project
    To promote natural resource conservation by stimulating awareness, action and alliances through visual arts and technology.

    Tree and Leaf
    Tree and Leaf Farm is a sustainable vegetable farm located in unionville, virginia

    Virginia Folklife Program
    Dedicated to the documentation, presentation, and support of virginia's rich cultural heritage.

    Clarke County Historical Association
    Dedicated to preserving the historical resources and records of clarke county and fostering their use, enjoyment and understanding.

    Wildwood Landscape
    Our work is to be practiced with the same care, thought and skill as other fine art forms.

    Fairbuilt Guitar Company
    Custom instruments that include guitars, mandolins, bouzoukis, and banjos as well as a full service repair shop.