Jun 26, 2010 · 8:30 AM
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On Saturday, June 26, over 1,800 people in more than 1,000 canoes and kayaks will race or take their sweet time paddling from Coney Island to the Cincinnati Public Landing to celebrate the beauty and recreational benefits of the Ohio River, Greater Cincinnati’s most important natural resource. Paddlers who feel “lucky” can participate in our inaugural Paddlefest Poker Run as they make their way down the Ohio! Canoes and kayaks are available for renting, but they generally run out fast. So if you want to rent one, you should register early. Early registration is open now, and you'll save $5 by registering before June 18; after that you can only register on-site. Adults are $30 on site, and children (under 14) are $15. Canoes are $30 and kayaks are $35. Camping is $20 per vehicle for those wishing to show up on Friday. The main paddlefest website is here:
http://ohioriverway.o... Information about the 8.2 mile paddle and a link to registration is here:
http://ohioriverway.o... Camping Information per the website:
Paddlefest Camping 2010- Friday night camping only This year camping will be located at nearby Four Seasons Marina just down the road from Coney Island. Limited spaces are available for tents; sorry no RVs allowed. Convenient parking lot for your vehicles. There are no electrical hook-ups, but water and port-o-lets are located in the camping area. Cost is $15.00 per camp site until May 2nd. Please register online or on site Friday at Coney Island. Liquor is NOT permitted at the camp sites. Dogs are permitted at your camp sites only. Please make sure you keep them on a lease and clean up after your animal, so we can come back next year. Unfortunately, pets are NOT permitted inside Coney Island or the Ohio River Music Festival. Pets may join paddlers in their boats for the paddle on Saturday only. Please do not call Four Seasons for camping questions. Please call the Ohio River Way Hotline for all questions regarding camping -- (513) 588-6936. Important For additional camping go to Morgan's Ft. Ancient Livery, 5701 St. Rt. 350, Oregonia, OH 45054 or call 513-932-7658. A link to all of the paddlefest events is here:
http://ohioriverway.o... A few of the events are: Friday June 25 5p-Midnight: Music Festival Friday June 25 6p: "Jammin with Jackson" - World freestyle campion Eric Jackson will be in the pool at Coney Island Friday June 25 7p: Midwest Kayak Rolling Competition. See how many hand rolls or paddle rolls you can do in 15 seconds. Saturday June 26: about 9am paddle down the Ohio starts Saturday June 26 until 2:30pm: Finish line festival
I plan to get there before 6p on Friday for the Jammin with Jackson event, and plan to compete in the rolling competition, and camp Friday night. For those arriving Saturday morning, the best place for us all to meet is actually it the water near the boat ramp. If you can't find us call my cell[masked] which I'll have with me on the water.