A woman walks a dog on the Illinois side of the Missouri and Mississippi river confluence.
ALTON — The Meeting of the Rivers Foundation, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and their many partners are throwing a party for the great rivers.
The inaugural Great Rivers Festival will be at the National Great Rivers Museum in Alton and the Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary in West Alton from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 17.
At the National Great Rivers Museum guests can look forward to live music, local food and drink vendors, local art vendors and more! There will be live bird shows from the World Bird Sanctuary and an appearance by Serengeti Steve: The Reptile Experience. Other shows include a taxidermy demonstration and lessons on how to catch and prepare Asian carp.
At the Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary, canoes, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards will be available for the public to try in the calm backwaters of Ellis Bay. Paddling is open to all ages and skill levels but must be age 11 or older to paddle solo. Visitors will be able to talk to members of the St. Louis Canoe and Kayak Club plus many other paddling enthusiasts about water safety and paddling the great rivers. The paddling portion of the festival will be $5 per person and equipment will be supplied.
For a list of show times and events, visit www.mtrf.org. The National Great Rivers Museum is located off River Heritage Parkway (Illinois 143) at No. 2 Lock and Dam Way, East Alton, adjacent to Melvin Price Locks and Dam. The museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and has free admission. For more information, call 618-462-6979 or go online to www.mtrf.org. The museum’s Facebook page is www.facebook.com/GreatRivers.