The sad news is that we will not be doing the 6th annual River and Roots Fest this year. Although the festival was a success in every possible way (even selling out in 2018), unavoidable circumstances for Shepherds Ford Productions and Watermelon Park Campground have forced us to put this wonderful festival on hold this year. We want to thank everyone for their hard work over the past 5 years in making it happen! We will keep you informed on the status of this festival if anything changes for this year. Otherwise we will try and reserect it next year!

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 Announcing the 2018 River and Roots Music Camp

River & Roots Music Camp is growing!

Spend a week learning and sharing tunes by the beautiful Shenandoah River. Now in its third year, there’s something for everyone! We’ll be offering groups for adults; advancing student fiddlers; true beginners; and new this year, a banjo group as well!


More info.


Plenty of quality food and craft vendors at the Fest

New this year, local Beer Garden

Beer Garden featuring:
brews from Round Hill’s B-Chord Brewery, and Bluemont’s Dirt Farm Brewery

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.