The River Valley Alliance (RVA) is refunding ticket buyers after turbulent weather forced the cancellation of Sunday’s Riverfest events in Devon and Fort Saskatchewan.
Refunds will be issued to credit cards used to purchase tickets online. It should take about five business days for the refunds to go through.
More than 3000 paddlers were set to float down the North Saskatchewan during the sold-out weekend event. About 2200 people took to the river for Saturday’s outing in Edmonton, but Sunday’s rain, wind and cool air made for unsafe conditions on day two of the festivities.
“We had been monitoring the weather closely leading up to the event and we had hoped it might turn around in the morning. Unfortunately that was not the case,” RVA executive director Brent Collingwood said in a statement. “Above all, safety of our participants is our top priority and, while it was a tough decision, we believe it was the right one.”
The RVA said that due to its scale and complexity, they won't be rescheduling the event.
The RVA is a nonprofit group that aims to create river valley trail connectivity and amenities through seven municipalities in the Edmonton area, including Fort Saskatchewan. Riverfest is meant to give people a chance to try out land and water activities in the Edmonton area river valley -- an organized river float is the highlight of the weekend.
The first Riverfest was held in 2017.