Paddlefest

Provided / ORSANCO

Volunteers will be out this weekend with trash bags and gloves to help clean up the banks of the Ohio and Kentucky rivers. 

The efforts are part of the Ohio River Sweep, which takes place in six states along 3,000 miles of shoreline of the Ohio River and its tributaries.

Lisa Cochran with the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission, ORSANCO, says when the effort started in 1989, there were big items like cars and refrigerators along the river banks.  But she says while volunteers still find a few tires, most of the trash today is smaller.

UPDATE:  Leaders of the Ohio River Paddlefest announced Thursday night that the annual Paddle on the Ohio scheduled for Saturday, June 20 has been canceled due to safety concerns.  The new date is Sunday, August 2.   Over 2,000 paddlers were expected to participate in the annual 8.2 mile paddle from Coney Island to the Cincinnati Public Landing.  

Saturday's Finish Line Festival at Yeatman's Cove also is canceled.

The Roots on the River Music & Outdoor Festival at Coney Island on Friday June 19 is still ON from 4-midnight with  music, SUP lessons, outdoor adventure vendors of all kinds, gear swap, kayak fishing contest, silent auction, etc.  Admission is free with a parking charge.

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The Ohio River Paddlefest Weekend starts this Thursday with the Kids Outdoor Adventure Expo, followed-up by the Ohio River Outdoor Music Festival and the Ohio River Paddlefest. Saturday morning the U.S. Coast Guard will close the Ohio River to commercial and power boat traffic as paddlers launch more than 1,400 canoes, kayaks and human powered boats for a trip down river.

Holly Yurchison / WVXU

Plenty of people will be making waves in and around the Ohio River this weekend, whether it be in a clean-up capacity or participation in America's largest paddle event.

Ohio River Sweep

Sunrise Urban Float kicks off Paddle Fest

Jun 20, 2013
Holly Yurchison / WVXU

Tri-state kayak enthusiasts gathered early Thursday for the Sunrise Urban Float.

"This is the most fun event for me because when Paddlefest starts we are all working it," Lynette Jolicoeur of Ft. Mitchell said. Jolicoeur , who runs Flying Olive Kayak Adventures, joins her friends here to paddle a while then go out to breakfast.

Brewster Rhoads said that many of these veteran kayakers serve on the 50-member volunteer water safety crew during the yearly Paddlefest event. Rhoads' organization Green Umbrella is one of the sponsors of the Paddlefest.

Cincinnati joins in this year's Global Water Dance

Jun 14, 2013

The Greater Cincinnati Dance Alliance will be part of the biennial Global Water Dance on June 22 (during Paddlefest) along the Serpentine Wall. This event helps raise awareness of the importance of water to the earth through music and dance. Choreographer Fanchon Shur and composer Shari Lauter share details of this year’s event with our Ron Esposito.

Celebrate the Ohio River next week

Jun 14, 2013

Cincinnati’s annual Paddlefest is once again joined this year by Pedalfest, and the celebration of the outdoors and the Ohio River grows larger and larger. Paddlefest organizer Brewster Rhodes and Pedalfest organizer Nern Ostendorf are in The Front Row with Betsy Ross with a preview of the events coming June 20-22.