PIQUA – Back this month will be the “Down the River, Down a Beer” event, giving residents and visitors the opportunity to interact with the Great Miami River and over 80 selections of craft beers. Being held at Lock 9 Park on Aug. 22 from 4-9 p.m., “Down the River, Down a Beer” will keep the love of the riverfront moving forward as proceeds will go toward a fund for a River Steward Program.
“We had a small one last year,” event organizer Jim Burkhardt of Piqua said. “This year’s going to be bigger and better.” Burkhardt said that they are expecting around 500 attendees this year.
The River Steward Program fund will help to “promote the river as a recreational, ecological, economical, fun resource,” Burkhardt said. The University of Dayton has a River Stewards program that their students are able to participate in, which connects them to the river with its numerous uses and allows them to provide service to the community.
Burkhardt hopes that a River Steward Program will also help encourage local people to enjoy the recreational aspects of the riverfront. “Our area’s been a little slow in doing that,” Burkhardt said. He is hoping to change that.
At “Down the River, Down a Beer,” canoe events will begin at 4 p.m. and go until 7 p.m. The canoe events include canoeing, kayaking, and stand-up paddle boarding on the Great Miami River water trail as well canoe-racing from 5-7 p.m.
The beer-tasting will begin at 6 p.m. and go until around 9 p.m. Those coming for the beer-tasting, food, and atmosphere rather than participating in the river events will still be able to see the end of the canoe races.
Poor weather conditions hindered the river events last year, but that did not stop attendees from having a “great time,” according to Burkhardt. This year, “It’s going to be warm enough to be outside,” Burkhardt said.
The end of “Down the River, Down a Beer” will feature a fire display on the river. The display will happen at approximately 8:30 p.m. The timing will depend on the sky being dark enough, “so the fire on the water will be dramatic,” Burkhardt explained.
“Come on down, see what’s going on the river, and have a good time,” Burkhardt said, encouraging people to check out the asset of the river as a fun resource.
Pre-sale tickets are available from Mainstreet Piqua for $25, which will afford 20 beer samples. Mainstreet Piqua can be contacted at (937) 773-9355 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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