The fourth annual Guam River Festival, at Valley of the Latte Adventure Park, wrapped up Sunday with families enjoying caribou rides, canoeing and barbecue.
"The proceeds of the weekend will be donated to Talafofo and Inarajan," said Valley of the Latte managing director David Tydingco. "In past years, we've donated $15,000 to the municipal councils of Talofofo and Inarajan."
The festival began Saturday at 10 a.m., and closed out Sunday afternoon. About 20 vendors set up under the sun, featuring local, handmade products and crafts. Local musicians serenaded attendees as they ate, played and laughed, along with entertainment provided from school dance groups.
Attendees were invited to participate in a range of activities such as kayaking, canoeing and caribou rides.
The weekend was a chance to celebrate 30 years of the jungle river cruise as well as the four years of the Latte Adventure Park, said John Ray Aguon, owner of Manquin Karetin Karabou, who led the caribou rides at the park.
"Valley of the Latte is a living museum," said Aguon. "People have the chance to come to a real cultural site."
It was also about the locals, said Dawn Reyes, local artist and managing partner of the park.
"For me, it's really about the local people who come and enjoy," Reyes said. "Before a lot of people thought this was just for tourists. The festival pulls together local vendors, and its supportive of local people."
The festival has seen about two thousand to three thousand people in the past, said Christine Macias, the park's administrative manager. They anticipate the festival saw a similar turn out this year.
"It's going to get bigger in the future," Macias said. "We're hoping to open up the farm more, so people can explore more."