Events: Paddlefest 2011

By Marika Lee
CityBeat

Spend the weekend experiencing nature in Cincinnati's backyard: the Ohio River. Come join Ohio River Way as they host the 10th annual Paddlefest. Events span the whole weekend starting with a Kids Adventure Expo on Thursday, where kids can learn about fishing, gardening, recycling and paddle safety. Friday brings the Ohio River Music and Outdoor Festival to Coney Island, decked out with live music, kayak fishing contest, cardboard boat races and kayak lessons. Saturday is the main event with a 8.2 mile float trip, 11 mile amateur race and 14 mile pro race down the Ohio Rive in kayaks and canoes.

Live music, water stops and loads of other paddlers will keep you company on your river adventure. At the end of you trip there will be another festival at Yeatman's Cove with music, vendors and refreshments. Paddlers can register on site. Prices for the trips cost $15-$40. Participants can bring their own boats and canoe rental will be available. Events start at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave., and last throughout the weekend.

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