Paddle on the Paint


Greenfield area residents will gather in less than two weeks for fun at Felson Park and a scenic float down Paint Creek for Greening Greater Greenfield’s (G3) third annual Paddle on the Paint Creekfest.

The family-friendly event set for May 15 this year will see the addition of one nine-mile kayak trip as well as the scheduled waves of the traditional three-mile trip beginning north of Greenfield and ending at the village’s Felson Park.

Water’s Edge will provide rentals of kayaks and canoes and prices will include livery service to the launch site and all needed safety equipment. Livery service is also available to those who own their own equipment.

The nine-mile, kayak-only float will begin at 11 a.m. The three-mile trips will begin setting off at noon, with the last launch at 5 p.m.

Those wanting to make a reservation for their trip down Paint Creek can do so at Eventbrite. There is a link provided at People can also reserve their trip the day of the event, but making the reservation online “will guarantee launch time and minimal waiting,” G3 member Larry Chapman said in a press release.

According to G3’s website, this year those making the trip down Paint Creek will be required to submit a liability waiver, which is available online on G3’s Paddle on the Paint event page, or the waiver can be filled out and submitted on the day of the event.

But there’s more than a boat trip on the agenda of activities of the day, according to Chapman.

“Land-based activities will include food by the Dairy Nook, the KONA Hawaiian shaved ice wagon, A LifeFlight helicopter landing on the ball field, fire trucks and police cruisers, displays by a variety of private and governmental agencies, craft vendors, wood carvers, flopping around in the creek, and sitting under a shade tree catching bluegills and listening to live music,” he said. Children’s activities will also be available.

Kicking things off on May 15 at 9:30 a.m. is the Subway Fresh Fit 5K Run/Walk. Those interested can register online at Eventbrite or starting at 9 a.m. at Felson Park on the day of the event. The cost is $25 per person and includes a T-shirt.

The McClain Band Boosters annual Duck Race fundraiser will begin at 3 p.m. Tickets are $5 and the top three winners get cash prizes. Tickets can be purchased from any band member or prior to the race on May 15.

For more information, rental and livery prices, a waiver, and a link to Eventbrite, go to or check out G3’s Facebook page.

Reach Angela Shepherd at 937-393-3456, ext. 1681, or on Twitter @wordyshepherd.

Frolicking youngsters and canoeing and kayaking participants in the inaugural Paddle on the Paint Creekfest in 2013 are pictured. youngsters and canoeing and kayaking participants in the inaugural Paddle on the Paint Creekfest in 2013 are pictured.
Nine-mile trip added to third annual event

By Angela Shepherd

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