TROY — Treasure Island River Fest has something for everyone during its first all-day river party this Saturday.
Treasure Island Park will feature a variety of river activities, food and beverages, music and more beginning at 10 a.m. until dark with a concert at the amphitheater.
“The long term vision is to make this day in June a connector of all cities on the river,” said Brian Johnson, director of marketing and development for Adventures on the Great Miami.
Johnson said the River Fest’s long term vision is to grow to emulate the AuSable River Canoe Marathon, which features a 100-mile canoe race with spectators lined up and down the AuSable River to cheer on their favorite paddlers during the five-day event up north.
“The second year we are adding the city party aspect to this with plans to expand up to Piqua and eventually the whole 99-mile corridor that is the Great Miami River,” Johnson said.
If speed isn’t your river style, there are several fun options for those who want to spend a day soaking up the scenic river views.
A 3-mile photo scavenger hunt will be held from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Registration is required. The Adventures on the Great Miami will take participants up to Twin Arches Park and then float back down to Treasure Island, snapping photos along the way. Participants will use social media and #AdventureinTroy to be entered in a drawing for a season pass with the canoe livery.
“We are encouraging people to register for the scavenger hunt because we are expecting a lot of boats,” Johnson said.
Stand Up Paddleboard (S.U.P) will take your yoga to the harbor at noon and 9 p.m. The class is free, with first-come, first-served paddle boards available or bring your own and hop in the harbor.
Johnson said it takes approximately five minutes to get acclimated on a paddle board. The fun exercise will test participants’ balance in a fun, unique activity.
The River Fest will wrap up its river party with a tube float at 6 p.m. and “Pack the Raft” challenge to see how many people can fit on a 18-foot-by-5-foot paddle board at 8 p.m.
All day boat rentals will be available from 11 a.m. until dark.
Food options include the Smith’s Boathouse Restaurant as well as food trucks featuring The Drunken Waffle, Smokinbeebeeq and Kona Ice.
The River Fest will end on a festive note with “The Chase” concert beginning at 7 p.m. The band features music from the ’70s and ’80s. The concert is free. A beer truck will be on site and will serve from 5 p.m. to approximately 8 p.m. There is no rain-out location for the concert.
Treasure Island Park is located at 409 N. Elm St. Parking is available at the corners of Water and North Elm streets, Adams and Water streets and the Hobart Arena parking lot.
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