Kayaking and canoeing, a 5K run/walk, duck race, kids activities, live music and more will all be available when Greening Greater Greenfield (G3) hosts its fourth annual Paddle on Paint Creekfest on Sunday, May 21 at Felson Park, 425 S. McArthur Way, Greenfield.
“Paddle on Paint is a community event that is family oriented. You can begin the day by registering for the Subway Fresh Fit 5K then hop in your kayak or canoe and float down the scenic Paint Creek beginning north of Greenfield and ending at the village’s Felson Park,” organizers said in a news release.
Kicking things off at 9:30 a.m. is the 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 nine-mile, kayak-only float will begin at 11 a.m. Three-mile trips will begin setting off at noon, with the last launch at 5 p.m. Float times begin on the hour.
Water’s Edge Livery of Bourneville 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. If you have a floatation vest for your children it would be advisable to bring them to help ensure a proper fit.
The prices for the three-mile trip are $20 kayak, $40 canoe and $10 for livery only. The prices for the nine-mile trip are $30 kayak (no canoe) and $15 for livery only.
Those wanting to make a reservation for their trip down Paint Creek can do so at Eventbrite. There is a link provided at www.g3greenfield.org. People can also reserve their trip the day of the event, but making the reservation online will guarantee launch time and minimal waiting. Walk-up registrants will be accommodated as best possible using a smaller livery vehicle.
After paddling, stay and enjoy additional activities off the water including displays of firefighting equipment by the Paint Creek Joint EMS/Fire District, boating and water safety demonstrations by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, as well as displays related to the natural resources of our area by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and at noon, a landing by Life Flight Medivac helicopter, the news release said.
Children can join Cub Scout Pack 190 and “paint on a paddle” or participate in a raingutter regatta. The McClain Band Booster’s annual Duck Race fundraiser will begin at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 and the top three winners get cash prizes. Tickets can be purchased from any band member up until the time of the race.
The 7 Mile Bluegrass Band will be performing. Food vending will be provided by the Hannah Losey Memorial Scholarship organization and KONA shaved Hawaiian ice.
For more information, rental and livery prices, a waiver, and a link to Eventbrite, go to www.g3greenfield.org or check out G3’s Facebook page.
G3 is a community-based organization focused on improving the quality of life in its community. Throughout the year, it sponsors three major annual events. It also conducts an annual series of workshops dealing with the basics of gardening and is working on restoring the tree canopy in downtown Greenfield. Other current projects include installing community pride banners on the downtown light poles and recognizing those businesses and individuals who have made improvements in Greenfield.
Information for this story was provided by Destiny Bryson, Visitors Bureau of Highland County.