Paddlefest And The Ohio River Sweep Happening Along (And In) The River This Weekend
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.
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. And the Ohio River Sweep is also this Saturday. Sponsored by the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission, or ORANSCO, the annual event brings 20,000 volunteers together to clean up the banks of the Ohio. Joining us to preview this weekend?'s events are Lisa Cochran, communications coordinator for ORSANCO and coordinator for Ohio River Sweep; and, Brewster Rhoads, executive director of Green Umbrella Regional Sustainability Alliance and chair of Paddlefest.