Cincinnati’s annual Paddlefest down the Ohio set for Aug. 6

CINCINNATI (AP) — A fleet of canoes and kayaks will stream down the Ohio River in a new route Aug. 6 in Cincinnati’s 15th annual Paddlefest.

The event will begin at Schmidt Recreation Complex east of Cincinnati and go nearly a mile farther to end up 8.9 miles away at Gilday Riverside Park. The U.S. Coast Guard will close the river to commercial and powerboat traffic during the paddling event from 7 a.m. EDT to 12:30 p.m.

It will be the second straight year the event takes place in August. It was moved to August last summer after high water and heavy rain forced a June postponement.

Some 2,000 people are expected to take part this year.

Paddlefest weekend includes a benefit party Friday evening and a finish-line festival, among related events.


Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer,