Guam River Fest IV celebrates 30 years of adventure at Valley of the Latte

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  • Who: Everyone
  • What: Valley of the Latte Guam River Restival IV
  • When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 6 and 7
  • Where: Valley of the Latte Adventure Park in Talofofo
  • How much: $20 for adults, $10 for students, free for seniors 65 and older and for children 5 and under
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The Valley of the Latte Adventure Park is throwing a southern-style party to celebrate the 30 year anniversary of the eco-friendly and well-loved river boat cruise.

The Jungle River Boat Cruise, recently renamed the Adventure Riverboat Cruise, launched three decades ago in the village of Talofofo, said Christine Macias, administrator manager at Valley of the Latte.

Everyone from Yigo to Malesso' is invited to the park's commemorative Guam River Festival IV, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 6 and 7. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students and free for seniors ages 65 and above and children ages 5 and below.

Tickets were on sale starting Monday, March 18, at Foody's stores in Agana, Yigo, Mangilao, Harmon and at the Micronesia Mall intersection.

The two-day event will be held at the Valley of the Latte park in Talofofo. Festival attendees can avail of a free shuttle service from Ipan Beach Park to the Valley of the Latte between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. both days, with shuttles available every 15 minutes.

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Healers, weavers, farmers, food trucks

A wide array of handmade crafts and freshly made food will be available for purchase throughout the festival grounds.

According to Valley of the Latte's website, the food trucks Guam Barbecue Company, which specializes in "fiesta-style barbecue," and Songge Guam, which specializes in "hotnu-style pizza," will be parked on both days of the River Fest. The Talofofo Mayor's Office will be providing banana donuts.

For younger attendees, there will be weaving demonstrations from the Inarajan Mayor's Office and live tattoo and body art painting from Lorzalyn Artistry.

Paintings and illustrations by The Guam Bus, a creative collective focused on revitalizing the CHamoru language, will also be on display.

The Håya Foundation, a local nonprofit aimed at reclaiming the island's indigenous healing tradition, will be present as well.

Some of the vendors confirmed to be at the River Fest include:

  • Baza Designs (block prints, paintings)
  • Christina Rosa (jewelry, photo cards)
  • Greg Techaira Pangelinan (traditional and contemporary jewelry carving)
  • Isla Rae (jewelry, fabric prints)
  • Justin Green (carving, jewelry)
  • Kaiana Torres (jewelry, traditional art)
  • Kathy Lawless Bischoff (painted scarves)
  • Ramon Duenas (traditional and contemporary jewelry)
  • Sara Boucher (sea glass jewelry, art)
  • Simeon Palomo (floral art, photography, plants)
  • Victoria Sayers (postcards)

Interested vendors and exhibitors can download a registration form from the Valley of the Latte's website, www.valleyofthelatte.com, before March 30.

 

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