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Bastrop River Rally – 2016

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This year, KBCB will host its third river clean-up of the El Camino Paddle Trail. Over 200 people volunteered to paddle the river, run along the river, learn and have fun beside the river. 

You can either paddle in the River Clean-Up along the six mile trail from Fisherman’s Park to the take out near the Lost Pines Nature Trail to pick trash from the Colorado River – Or you can participate in a River Run whether it it is a 5k or 1k Fun Run.

“Deliver for the River!”

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River Clean Up: River Clean UpPaddle a boat down the El Camino Trail of the Colorado River , pick up some trash and eat pizza at Neighbor’s Kitchen & Yard! A $100 value excursion for the gracious donation of only $10! Can’t be beat! Not only are you getting the chance to impact your local environment by cleaning up the river, you are getting to explore nature at a fraction of the cost. This donation goes right back into Bastrop County in the form of trash clean-ups, recycling information, environmental scholarships and educational workshops throughout the year! We thank you for doing your part to Keep Bastrop County Beautiful! – Register here

River Run 5k: 5k RunSupport KBCB by Running or Walking for the cause in this 5k Fun Run starting and ending in Fisherman’s Park and enjoy pizza at Neighbor’s Kitchen & Yard with your generous donation of $20! This donation goes right back into Bastrop County in the form of trash clean-ups, recycling information, environmental scholarships and educational workshops throughout the year! We thank you for doing your part to Keep Bastrop County Beautiful! – Register here

River Run 1k: 1K RunSupport KBCB by Running or Walking for the cause in this 1k Fun Run and enjoy pizza at Neighbor’s Kitchen & Yard with your generous donation of $10! This donation goes right back into Bastrop County in the form of trash clean-ups, recycling information, environmental scholarships and educational workshops throughout the year! We thank you for doing your part to Keep Bastrop County Beautiful! – Register here

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We had Print and TV exposure from last year’s event plus over 300 planned participants and volunteers this year. You can support a great cause and advertise to a wide audience.

We have 4 different levels to sponsor. Click either one to apply:

Volunteer

We need volunteers to support the paddlers, trail cleaners and runners.

You can help make this event successful and enjoy in the post-cleanup celebrations
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The Bastrop River Rally, our mother event, will be hosted on an annual basis and will include various sub-events that support our community and natural resources. This year’s sub-events will include:

The River Cleanup

Paddle a boat down the El Camino Trail of the Colorado River , pick up some trash and eat pizza at Neighbor’s Kitchen & Yard!  A $100 value excursion for the gracious donation of only $10!  Can’t be beat! Not only are you getting the chance to impact your local environment by cleaning up the river, you are getting to explore nature at a fraction of the cost. This donation goes right back into Bastrop County in the form of trash clean-ups, recycling information, environmental scholarships and educational workshops throughout the year! We thank you for doing your part to Keep Bastrop County Beautiful!

The Environmental Expo

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Check out our many Display Programs, Fishing training and to view and learn about the local Flora and Fauna. Booths will also be offering games for families, spectators and volunteers. We hope to attract more than 200 participants for this new event.  Other exhibitors will be present to provide information that will heighten awareness of future projects and activities to promote the use of the river and the potential of Fisherman’s Park trails to extend all the way to the take out area in the Colorado River Refuge. A Key Note Speaker will hold an Environmental Update discussing the future plans for the parks along the Colorado River in Bastrop.  To apply to become an exhibitor, whether as a business/organization, artist, non-profit or food vendor please apply online.

Bastrop River Run

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A Fun Run will start and end at Fisherman’s Park. Participants may opt to run or walk in an informal, un-timed, fun trail run 5k or 1k.  The new exciting option is participating in picking up trash on the 1k route and Fisherman’s Park as a walk.

  • River Run 5k: Support KBCB by Running or Walking for the cause in this 5k Fun Run starting and ending in Fisherman’s Park and enjoy pizza at Neighbor’s Kitchen & Yard with your generous donation of $20!  This donation goes right back into Bastrop County in the form of trash clean-ups, recycling information, environmental scholarships and educational workshops throughout the year!   We thank you for doing your part to Keep Bastrop County Beautiful!
  • River Run 1k:  Support KBCB by Running or Walking for the cause in this 1k Fun Run and enjoy pizza at Neighbor’s Kitchen & Yard with your generous donation of $10! This donation goes right back into Bastrop County in the form of trash clean-ups, recycling information, environmental scholarships and educational workshops throughout the year!   We thank you for doing your part to Keep Bastrop County Beautiful!

Fun at Neighbor’s


After volunteers and run participants complete their clean-up assignments and events,shuttles will run from LPNT (for boaters) to LCRA campus, where they will be invited to enjoy some outdoor fun, food and drink to celebrate their efforts. The Environmental Expo will also end at 4:00pm allowing time for boaters and runners to enjoy the booths. Fun at Neighbor’s Kitchen and Yard will begin at 5:00pm allowing all spectators to congratulate the volunteers and participants and listen to live music together at Neighbor’s Kitchen & Yard.

Music on the Colorado


Our musical accompaniment has also expanded so that all volunteers are motivated and happy! We will offer music throughout the day and the event.

This Year’s Details

The KBCB River Rally will be held this year on Sunday, September 25 2016.  Detailed schedule below:

River Clean-up

  • 8:00 – 9:00 Registration and Launch Kayakers at Fisherman’s Park
  • 8:30 – 12:30 on water El Camino Trail
  • 10:30 – 1:00 Collect and weight trash at the Colorado River Refuge and return to LCRA/Fisherman’s Park.

1K River-Run

  • 8:00 – 9:00 Registration at Fisherman’s Park
  • 9:00 Start Run
  • Run begins and ends in Fisherman’s Park

5K River Run

  • 8:00 – 8:30 Registration at Fisherman’s Park
  • 8:30 Start Run
  • Run begins and ends in Fisherman’s Park

Environmental Expo

  • 9:00 – 10:00 Registration at Fisherman’s Park
  • 10:00 – 4:00 Open
  • Event encompasses LCRA and Fisherman’s Park

Music on the Colorado

  • All day event
  • 9:00am-4:00pm Musicians will be playing in Fisherman’s Park and LCRA
  • 6:00pm-10:00pm Musicians and Headliner at Neighbor’s Kitchen & Yard

Fun at Neighbors

  • 4:30 People Arriving
  • 5:00 Awards and Keynote address
  • 6:00 Live Music
  • 8:30 Headliner

Many thanks to our Sponsors

Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative, a commitment to members to be the best at delivering reliable electric power and related services at a competitive price
BA cornerstone of the Academy Sports + Outdoors philosophy is active community support and grassroots involvement. The company has a long history of giving back to local communities via partnerships with sports teams, youth organizations and outdoors and conservation programs that began with its founder. This community participation shows that Academy Sports + Outdoors cares about its associates, customers and the local communities where it does business.
Bastrop County’s Bank since 1889
We believe that our work to care for the environment not only makes us better neighbors—it helps us serve you better.
Environmental sustainability has become an essential ingredient to doing business responsibly and successfully. As the world’s largest retailer, our actions have the potential to save our customers money and help ensure a better world for generations to come. At the same time, it sets the stage for a more financially stable and responsible Walmart.
Our mottos are “We Do It Right The First Time” and “Every Customer is Precious to our Business.” With this in mind we offer a wide array of services to get your home or office running the way it should be.

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Many thanks to our Partners

KXAN – William Malm

Photos by Marc Kurth

Photos by Andy Wier

Photos by Colin Guerra

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Clean Scapes clearing the Lost Pines Nature Trail

Photos by Marc Kurth

Photos by Andy Wier

Photos by Colin Guerra

 




Don’t Mess with Texas Art Contest

Elementary School Art Contest

ENTRIES ACCEPTED JANUARY 11 THROUGH APRIL 8, 2016

Texas elementary school students enrolled in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to participate in the Don’t mess with Texas® Elementary School Art Contest, presented by the Texas Department of Transportation and Keep Texas Beautiful, to create artwork for the 2017 Don’t mess with Texas Calendar.

Entries should promote the Don’t mess with Texas and/or Keep Texas Beautiful litter prevention messages in order to encourage the protection of our Texas roadways and environment. The purpose of the contest is to inspire our future leaders to refrain from littering, advocate for litter prevention, and take action to keep Texas beautiful.

Artwork will be judged based on creativity and uniqueness, inclusion of a litter prevention message, overall visual appeal, composition, and age appropriateness. Winners will be announced online in May 2016.

Front view of an iDeaUSA 8 tablet.

Students who create the top 13 winning designs will have their artwork assigned to a month or placed on the cover of the 2017 Don’t mess with Texas Calendar. Each will also win an iDeaUSA 8 tablet donated by H-E-B and Central Market. All student winners and runners-up may be showcased on the Don’t mess with Texas and Keep Texas Beautiful websites and social media sites, at the 2016 Keep Texas Beautiful annual conference, in media announcements, and through other channels, as appropriate.

Teachers representing students who produce the top 13 designs will win a $100
H-E-B/Central Market gift card. See Official Contest Rules (PDF, 542kb) for details.

The contest begins January 11, 2016. All entries must be submitted or postmarked by April 8, 2016. Winners will be announced in early May 2016.

Elementary school teachers across Texas are encouraged to set aside class time for their students to create artwork for the 2017 Don’t mess with Texas Calendar. This project can be completed in one day or over several days to give students enough time to finish their design. After the students’ entries are submitted, artwork will be judged by Keep Texas Beautiful and graphic design professionals.

Download the full Official Contest Rules (PDF, 542kb) and Contest Entry Form and Agreement (PDF, 192kb) for students and parents/guardians, and display a flyer (PDF, 620kb) in your classroom or school hallway to create buzz!

The purpose of the contest is to encourage our future leaders to prevent littering, protect our roadways, and keep Texas beautiful. Download a Litter Fact Sheet (PDF, 124kb) to use during class discussion.

QUESTIONS?

Call Keep Texas Beautiful at 1 (800) CLEAN-TX or email info@ktb.org.

Bastrop River Rally – Media

Time Warner Cable News – Alex Stockwell

KXAN – William Malm

Photos by Marc Kurth

Photos by Andy Wier

Photos by Colin Guerra

Galleries Below

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