Did you know that the Ohio River Paddlefest is the largest on-water canoe and kayak festival in the country?  June 24-26 gives you multiple opportunities to get out on the Ohio River during Paddlefest Weekend.  There is something for everyone's taste...literally.  You might come for the Gold Star Chili Finish Line Festival, the Kids Outdoor Adventure Expo, the Ohio River Music and Outdoor Festival or other fun activities.

Paddlefest in CincinnatiOn Thursday, The Hamilton County Park District presents the Outdoor Adventure Expo at Coney Island and it is FREE!  They expect over 3,000 children to attend this year.  In fact, the Expo has become the largest water safety and environmental education program for children in the Midwest.  This continues an emphasis on getting children outside to enjoy nature in a way that also enhances their academic achievement in science, technology, math and engineering.  There are morning and afternoon sessions.  Kids will also get to paddle a canoe on Lake Como, interact with animals, and enjoy science presentations.

Friday night, the Ohio River Music and Outdoor Festival will bring in live bands, boat demos, paddling clinics, the Midwest Kayak Rolling Championship, the New Richmond Cardboard Boat Race, plus much more.   Bands at Coney start at 5 PM and include: Jake Speed and the Freddies, Rumpke Mountain Boys, Magnolia Mountain, Rubber Knife Gang and Blue Run.

Saturday, the flotilla of canoes and kayaks will float down the River starting at 7:30 AM.  Racers begin the day and more leisurely participants will follow.  A fun new race is the Poker Run, where Poker players pick up a card at five locations along the way, hoping to win with the overall best hand.  They will arrive at Yeatman's Cove between 10:30 AM and 2:30 PM for the live music and food from Gold Star Chili.