Batteau Day file photo

In this file photo, Mac Sammons and Katherine Sammons cross batteaus as they prepare for the James River Batteau Festival at Riveredge Park on Saturday June 18, 2016 in Madison Heights.

UPDATE: Amherst County Batteau Day, originally scheduled for Saturday at Riveredge Park, has been canceled due to weather.

The county made the announcement on social media Friday afternoon.

Saturday's forecast calls for rain.


EARLIER: Amherst County Batteau Day is set to make its return to the James River at Riveredge Park on Saturday, June 8.

The event, in its third year of recognizing Amherst County as the birthplace of the James River Batteau built by brothers Anthony and Benjamin Rucker, will take place at Ruckers’ Landing in the Madison Heights park at 150 Rocky Hill Road.

Living history interpreters including the Rucker brothers, a blacksmith, a pouch maker and powder-horn maker/engraver will be on hand and activities such as colonial games, tug of war, a scavenger hunt and bean bag tossing are planned. Food vendors will be available as well as information booths set up by James River-related organizations.

The event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. is free and is designed to give area residents a closer look at Amherst County and a glimpse of life during the batteau area, according to organizers. Boat and fishing access will not be available on Batteau Day until about 4:30 p.m. Parking will be in the park or by shuttle. A shuttle will run from 10:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Goodwill International at 174 River James Shopping Center, across from the Lowe’s parking lot. Van shuttles will from 10:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Madison Heights Baptist church, 329 Main St. in Madison Heights.

For additional information call the Amherst County Museum and Historical Society at (434) 946-9068 or Amherst County Recreation and Parks department at (434) 946-9371.

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