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Ohio River Paddlefest 2018
August 3, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
After finishing our 9.0 mile float, enjoy our Finish Line Festival, complete with live music, food trucks, craft beer, refreshments, and vendors! Shuttle buses back to Schmidt Recreation Complex will be waiting to transport you back to your car and volunteer teams will be on site to help you portage your boat from the water to your car. The Festival runs until 2:00 pm, when the last shuttle departs.
Friday, August 3 – Paddler’s Party and Boat Drop Off at Schmidt Recreation Complex
4:00-8:00 pm – On-site registration, packet pickup, camping check-in & boat drop off
4:00-9:00 pm – Paddler’s Party for a Cause: including live music, food trucks & craft beer. Plus exhibitors, wooden boat display and raffle.
Saturday, August 4 – Paddle the Ohio
6:00-7:30 a.m. – FREE Parking and optional early shuttle from take-out at Gilday Riverside Park (free parking) to Schmidt Recreation Complex put-in (NO shuttle service after 7:30 am from Gilday Riverside Park to Schmidt).
6:00-8:30 a.m. – On-site registration, packet pick-up, and boat drop off at Schmidt (free parking)
6:45 a.m. – Racers enter water
7:00-8:30 a.m. – Paddlers put-in and depart
8:00 a.m. – Deadline to claim rental boats
8:30 a.m. – Put-in closes
8:30-10:45 a.m. – Mill Creek Mile (30 min. round trip paddle, including the Barrier Dam and the MSD plant). Check out this preview of the trip!
9:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. – Finish Line Festival at Gilday Riverside Park (music, food trucks, vendors/exhibitors, & craft beer)
9:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. – Shuttle buses run back to Schmidt put-in
9:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. – Boat pick-up at Gilday Riverside Park
11:00 a.m. – Presentation of race awards at Gilday Riverside Park
12:00 p.m. – Deadline for all boats to take-out at Gilday Riverside Park
12:00 p.m. – Ohio River reopens to barge and power boat traffic
2:00 p.m. – Last shuttle bus leaves Gilday Riverside Park for Schmidt put-in
2:00 p.m. – Deadline to pick up boats at Gilday Riverside Park take-out