River Fest activites set for Saturday


Water events offered all day at TIP

By Melanie Yingst - myingst@troydailynews.com



Provided photo The River Fest will end Saturday on a festive note with the band The Chase beginning at 7 p.m. The band features music from the ’70s and ’80s. The concert is free.

Provided photo The River Fest will end Saturday on a festive note with the band The Chase beginning at 7 p.m. The band features music from the ’70s and ’80s. The concert is free.


• Event schedule

The following is a list of water events and activities. Canoes and Kayaks are available for rent from Adventures on the Great Miami for $25 per person. To register and race fees and prize information, visit www.greatmiami.net or register the day of the event at Treasure Island Park Harbor:

The Great Miami 12.1 Mile River Race — 10 a.m.

Beginning at 10 a.m., 12.1 mile course starts at the Treasure Island Park in Troy and traveling along the Great Miami River and finishing at Adventures on the Great Miami. The course does include a short 100 foot portage around a low dam in Troy.

Race participants will launch at 15 minute increments starting at 10 a.m. All participants must finish by 9 p.m. or will be disqualified and transported back to Adventures on the Great Miami. Once the race is complete, participant and boat will be transported back to Treasure Island Park. Registration and fees apply.

3-Mile Photo Scavenger Hunt — 11 a.m to 6 p.m.

Participants will be shipped up stream to Twin Arches Park to float back down to Treasure Island looking for specific items along the way. Take photos using #AdventuresinTroy on social media and be entered in the drawing for a 2017 season pass with the Adventures on the Great Miami for the rest of the year.

Stand Up Paddleboard (S.U.P) Yoga — Noon and 9 p.m.

Climb aboard and practice your yoga skills on the water with yoga instructor Alex Keller, a river and yoga certified instructor. Bring your own paddleboard to join right in.

Two Up, Two Down — 3 p.m.

Participants will be launching from Treasure Island Park for the two-mile up and two-mile back race. The race will take paddlers up the river and then finish back at Treasure Island Park. Registration and fees apply.

Kids Race — 4 p.m.

Children can show off their river skills in a fun race around Treasure Island Park’s Harbor.

The 500 Meter Bridge Sprint — 5 p.m.

Launching from Treasure Island Park, this all out sprint will travel 500 meters to the Adams Street bridge.Registration and fees apply.

Great Tube Float — 6 p.m.

Grab your tube and a few friends to pack Treasure Island Park’s waterfront with as many people as possible. The River Fest hopes to start this tradition to line the riverfront to end the River Fest activities in a fun way.

Awards ceremony and concert begin at 7 p.m.

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.

Provided photo The River Fest will end Saturday on a festive note with the band The Chase beginning at 7 p.m. The band features music from the ’70s and ’80s. The concert is free.
https://www.dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2017/06/web1_TheChase.jpgProvided photo The River Fest will end Saturday on a festive note with the band The Chase beginning at 7 p.m. The band features music from the ’70s and ’80s. The concert is free.
Water events offered all day at TIP

By Melanie Yingst

myingst@troydailynews.com

• Event schedule

The following is a list of water events and activities. Canoes and Kayaks are available for rent from Adventures on the Great Miami for $25 per person. To register and race fees and prize information, visit www.greatmiami.net or register the day of the event at Treasure Island Park Harbor:

The Great Miami 12.1 Mile River Race — 10 a.m.

Beginning at 10 a.m., 12.1 mile course starts at the Treasure Island Park in Troy and traveling along the Great Miami River and finishing at Adventures on the Great Miami. The course does include a short 100 foot portage around a low dam in Troy.

Race participants will launch at 15 minute increments starting at 10 a.m. All participants must finish by 9 p.m. or will be disqualified and transported back to Adventures on the Great Miami. Once the race is complete, participant and boat will be transported back to Treasure Island Park. Registration and fees apply.

3-Mile Photo Scavenger Hunt — 11 a.m to 6 p.m.

Participants will be shipped up stream to Twin Arches Park to float back down to Treasure Island looking for specific items along the way. Take photos using #AdventuresinTroy on social media and be entered in the drawing for a 2017 season pass with the Adventures on the Great Miami for the rest of the year.

Stand Up Paddleboard (S.U.P) Yoga — Noon and 9 p.m.

Climb aboard and practice your yoga skills on the water with yoga instructor Alex Keller, a river and yoga certified instructor. Bring your own paddleboard to join right in.

Two Up, Two Down — 3 p.m.

Participants will be launching from Treasure Island Park for the two-mile up and two-mile back race. The race will take paddlers up the river and then finish back at Treasure Island Park. Registration and fees apply.

Kids Race — 4 p.m.

Children can show off their river skills in a fun race around Treasure Island Park’s Harbor.

The 500 Meter Bridge Sprint — 5 p.m.

Launching from Treasure Island Park, this all out sprint will travel 500 meters to the Adams Street bridge.Registration and fees apply.

Great Tube Float — 6 p.m.

Grab your tube and a few friends to pack Treasure Island Park’s waterfront with as many people as possible. The River Fest hopes to start this tradition to line the riverfront to end the River Fest activities in a fun way.

Awards ceremony and concert begin at 7 p.m.

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Follow Melanie Yingst on Twitter @Troydailynews