The 31st annual James River Batteau Festival came to an end for most of the batteau groups at Cartersville. Some groups decided to continue on to Maiden’s. The big rains in the mountains is causing the river to rise and based on the reports up-stream and predictions of high water, most of the batteaux are pulling out onto their trailers at Cartersville. The Rocky Creek Wildfire crew stopped in Cartersville long enough to get a bag of food and continue to Maiden’s on Friday Night. They will be ahead of the crest of high water and are a very experienced crew. Several crews went on to Maiden’s on Saturday.
The Lady’s Slipper crew met beside the food vendor in Cartersville and took a vote about what to do. They decided to pull out ahead of the expected high water. The decision to stay or pull out was up to each boat crew.
Earlier in the afternoon I drove to Columbia and looked at the river there which is about 6 or 8 miles up-stream from Cartersville. I saw Mason Basten and his crew and the Lizzy Langly Crew walking up the bank to the Columbia Corner Market. They were getting a few more supplies and they continued on down-river. When I left Cartersville about 8:00 or so they had not arrived yet and neither had several batteaux. The river was rising only slightly but it was getting a little muddier looking and swifter in the middle as the day grew long and the sun was setting. The high water was not expected to arrive until Sometime in the night or by Saturday.
This has been a good trip overall and It was good to see many old friends once again.