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Colorado River Ramble and Family Water Festival this weekend!

Pam LeBlanc

Editor’s note: This article was originally published April 8, 2014

Ready to dip a paddle in the river?

The Colorado River Ramble and Family Water Festival kick off Sunday. The events - presented by the Expedition School and the Colorado River Alliance - put the focus on our beloved Colorado River, that green slice of happiness that cuts right through the center of Austin.

The Ramble, a standup paddle, canoe and kayak race, starts at 9 a.m. The race features a 1K kids race, a 1.5-mile SUP and Family Paddle, plus 5 and 10-mile SUP, canoe and kayak races. (Entry fees vary from $15 to $80, depending on category.)

The Family Water Festival gears up at 10 a.m. and runs until 3 p.m. with interactive environmental educational programs for kids and families, live music, food trailers and prize giveaways. Admission is free. Free standup paddle, canoe and kayak demonstrations are planned.

For more information go to All activities start at the Expedition School at Fiesta Gardens, 34 Robert Martinez Drive.