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Entertainment and Activities at Smith River Fest

2018 Entertainment and Activities COMING SOON!

Smith River Fest 2017 featured these exciting demos, activity areas and performances! Click each area for a full description and check back often as we post new 2018 additions!  

Activity Areas:

Casting Pool
Climbing Wall 
Duck Village  
Fly Tying Demos
Kids Cycle Station
Kids Zone
Mobile Bike Barn 
Paddling Rentals
The Smith River Experience 

Fun Stuff:

Duck Race
Free River Shuttles
Hammock Villages
Beer Garden
Live Music
Tractor Showcase
Festival attendees must wear a Smith River Fest wristband to participate in the free activities listed. Wristbands are free and may be obtained at the festival gate.

The Smith River ExperienceThe Smith River Experience

Presented by Martinsville Parks & Recreation

Bring the entire family out for a taste of paddling. During this activity, families can check out a canoe (along with paddles and PFDs) and enjoy a short paddle trip along the Smith River. This activity will be offered after the River Race when water flow is slower to enable paddlers of all skill levels and even first-timers to try.

(Experienced paddlers needed as volunteers, email for additional info.)


Times: 2:00, 2:45, 3:30 and 4:15

Location: Reserve your time slot at the Martinsville Parks & Recreation Booth 9.  

Tip: You can save time by filling out your waiver in advance.  

Casting Pool 

Presented by McBride Aerial Photography

Try your hand at casting a fly rod and bait casting at our 40-foot long casting pool. You can meet anglers from Smith River Trout UnlimitedCasting For Recovery and the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries and learn tips from all of them.

The casting pool doesn't have fish but it does have plenty of targets so that you can test your aiming skills. 


Time: 9 am - 5 pm

Location: Casting Pool (Visit the instructors at booths #77, 78 & 79)

Kids Cycle Station 

Presented by Bassett Physical Therapy Kids

In this activity area, children ages 12 and under can get some one-on-one instruction
from members of the Henry County Bike Club and bike patrol officers from 
the Martinsville Police Department Bike Unit.

More advanced young riders can challenge themselves to a mini biking course 
complete with obstacles and small ramps.

Youth bikes and helmets will be provided for use by the YMCA's Mobile Bike Barn.


Time: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

Location: Booth #73 

Hammock Villages

Presented by MedExpress 

Need a break from all the fun? Relax in an ENO Hammock at our Hammock Village overlooking the Smith River Fest stage!

These outdoor hammocks,  made of breathable and quick-drying nylon, can easily fold it up into the compression stuff sack for storage or transport.

You'll also find another Hammock Village down by the river for a relaxing break. 


Time: 9 am - 5 pm

Locations: Near the Stage & Near Kids Zone (Visit the Sponsor at Booth #43)

Paddling RentalsSmith River Outfitters

Presented by Smith River Outfitters

This outfitter provides professional river guide services for paddling and fishing on the Smith River and surrounding streams and rivers. They also offer canoe, kayak or raft rentals and shuttle service. During Smith River Fest they will have gear available for sale as well as rentals to use on the river. 

Price Varies by Activity

Time: 9 am - 5 pm

Location: Book your rentals at booth #47 & 48

Live Music & Entertainment

Stage Presented by Martinsville UPtown
Music Presented by YMCA

DJ  WHAT! Presented by VisitMartinsville

A variety of musical performances and demonstrations offered throughout the day.  



9 am - 12 pm - DJ

12:30 -4 pm - Live Music - Stone Canyon Band!

4 pm - Awards

Watch for more demos & entertainment to be scheduled throughout the day.

Climbing Wall Climbing Wall presented by US Army Recruitment Center

Presented by US Army Recruiting Center of Martinsville

This year at Smith River Fest youth can test their skills on the 20 foot tall climbing wall. Strap on the harness, climb the wall and see if you can make the cut.



Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: Booths #74 & 75 

Kids Zone  Kids Zone Presented by Casting Logos

Presented by Casting Logos

In the Kids Zone at Smith River Fest you can enjoy all the fun of bounce houses
and the inflatable slide for free. 

You can also get up close to the cuddly creatures from Infinity Acres
Petting Ranch!

You'll see animals from around the world including alpacas, rabbits, sugar gliders,
tortoises, snakes and more. Educational animal encounters and pony rides will be
offered at this area free of charge throughout the day. 


Time: 9 am to 5 pm

Location: Left and Right Rear Corners of Festival

Mobile Bike Barn Mobile Bike Barn Presented by YMCA

Presented by the Martinsville-Henry County YMCA

Borrow a Bike & Bring it Back! That's the motto of The Bike Barn presented by the YMCA.

The bike barn is bringing their fleet of bikes to Smith River Fest. Simply show your
photo ID to check out a bike (helmet included) and enjoy a leisurely ride around the Smith River Fest grounds.

Toddler trailers and adult trikes are also available.


Time: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Location: Booths #69-71


Fly Tying DemosFly Tying Demos

Tying flies for fishing is an art that uses a diverse array of mediums. Feathers, fur, felt, thread and beads are some of the common supplies that you'll see used but you might be surprised by some of the more creative materials used in making these functional works of art.

Watch as fishermen from Smith River Trout Unlimited practice their craft throughout the day. 


Times: 9 am - 5 pm

Location: Near Booth #79


Duck VillageDuck Village

Presented by Boys & Girls Club of the Blue Ridge

In addition to the excitement of the Blue Ridge Duck Race, there will be excitement all throughout the day at the Duck Village. Enjoy free children's activities including:  Duck Ring Toss, the Duck Pond, Duckhole (cornhole), the Rub a Dub Bubble Contest, Duck Art, Duckscotch (Hopscotch), Duck Freeze (Music Freeze) and more! 


Times: 9 am - 5 pm

Location: Booth #49


Presented by Martinsville YMCA

Join us and our friends at Mountain Valley Brewing, 2 Witches Winery & Brewing Co. and Ballad Brewing at this years Beer Garden!

Price varies by selection

Times: 11 am - 5 pm

Tractor Showcase  

Presented by James River Equipment

See a variety of tractors, mowers, gators and power equipment on display. Children are welcome to take pictures with their favorite tractor.

Talk to experts from James River Equipment about the right products for your needs. Specializing in John Deere and Stihl.


Times: 9 am - 5 pm

Location: Booth #76

Festival attendees must wear a Smith River Fest wristband to participate in the free activities listed above.

Wristbands are free and may be obtained at the festival gate. 

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