This year instead of a first-come, first-serve basis of renting boat slips for Riverbend, the slips will now be auctioned off. Erwin Marine Riverfront will auction the rentals online at Ebay for Charity Auction for the 10 day event with a portion of the proceeds benefitting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The first of two 7-day auctions will begin on Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 9:00 p.m. EST. The second auction will begin on Thursday, March 17th and will end on Thursday, March 24th.
The two weekends during the 10-day festival will be auctioned as "Package A" (Friday-Tuesday, June 10-14) and "Package B" (Tuesday-Sunday, June 14-18).
In addition to the online auction, several changes to occur in this year's Riverbend slip rental process: 1. Erwin Marine Riverfront now manages the rental of slips at City of Chattanooga Marina (just down river of the riverfront) which offers approximately 50% more space than years past with new, 50ft. slips to rent for the festival. 2. The goal is to host more boaters who will be able to experience the festival; from yachts to house boats and runabouts; from locals to boaters in neighboring cities. An online auction allows all of this to be accomplished.