BY PCC STAFF
FORT MADISON – Get your game on this weekend at RiverFest 2017.
RiverFest 2017 is chalk full of events for the competitive and skill-minded, kicking off with the recently added World Series of Beer Pong tournament on Thursday.
Thursday afternoon opens competition with open and tournament play for a chance to win entry into the Las Vegas World Series of Beer Pong. The winning two-person team for the tournament, which is slated for 4 p.m. to midnight, will be able to compete for $60,000 in the WSOBP-13.
Saturday kicks off a full day of competition starting with the RiverFest 5K along the Mississippi River. Registration for all events is still available online at www.riverfestfm.com. The 5K begins with an onsite registration between 6:45 and 7:30 a.m. Pre-registered participants can pick up packets on Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the festival. Entry fee for the run is $35.
Following the 5K are the RiverFest Games which begin at 9 a.m. through completion of the final events.
A sand volleyball tournament begins at 9 a.m. with co-ed teams of 6. Entry fee is $50 and anyone under 18 years of age must have a parent permission form. The tournament is a double elimination event limited to 24 teams with each match best of three. There is a 100% cash payback to the top three positions in the tournament.
A bags or “cornhole” tournament will begin at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday with a final registration from 9 to 9:30. Teams will be limited to 64 and play will be the best of three. Entry fee for each team of two is $30. The double elimination tournament will also have a 100% payback to the top three teams. The event is recreational play so all abilities are welcome to compete.
After the bags tournament is underway, a new entry this year will be Kanjam, which is played with discs thrown with two slotted barrels on each end of the playing area. One player throws the disc at the barrel and the teammate has one shot to hit the disc into one of the slots for varied points. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. with play starting at 10 a.m. The tournament will be limited to 64 teams and will be a double elimination with matches based on the number of teams, best 3, 5 or 7 to be determined on Saturday.
All participants are encouraged to register online before Saturday to increase the speed of Saturday registrations. Coolers are welcome at RiverFest Games but alcohol is not allowed to be brought onto the property due to permitting.
Pickleball participants can also come out during RiverFest to compete and learn about the game from the nation’s largest pickleball equipment supplier, Onix. Pickleball is open for recreational play from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.
For each tournament, anyone under 18 must have a parent permission to play and all participants will be required to sign a RiverFest Games Sport Participation Waiver.
RiverFest 2017 kicks off Thursday at 4 p.m. and runs through Sunday at 7 p.m. Tickets for musical entertainment are available for purchase at the event website at www.riverfestfm.com or at Fort Madison Hy-Vee. Single day entertainment tickets will be available for $10 on Thursday, $15 on Friday, and $20 on Saturday. Connor Amusements will hold a wristband event from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday with unlimited rides for one price of the band. There is also a three-hour wristband window on Saturday from noon to 3 p.m.