The Kings Center River Fest & Paddlers’ Challenge is set for 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at River View Park.
River Fest offers a full day of fun including competitive and recreational kayak and canoe races on the Kentucky River, with inflatables and games for kids on land, and praise bands at the Ward Oates Amphitheater.
Race registration is $40 per team (two people) and includes canoe rental for the whole day. All proceeds go to the Kings Center, which provides a safe, healthy, fun learning environment for local kids who may not have such opportunities.
To get more information and register for races, go to kingscenter.org. River Fest is sponsored by the Kings Center, Canoe Kentucky, the Frankfort/Franklin County Tourism and Convention Commission, C. Michael Davenport and Graviss McDonald’s.
Anyone can participate in the water events or just enjoy the land activities. Food vendors will be Brothers Barbeque and Jim’s Seafood. There will be games, art activities and several inflatables for the children. Stuart from Bike Recyclery will have bicycles to rent. The L.I.F.E House will be there with dogs to walk and “take home.”
Praise bands from area churches will be performing from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Ward Oates Amphitheatre.
Canoe Kentucky will have boats for rent for the day, $20 for adults and $10 for children 16 and under. Those coming can team up for a competition race or just paddle for pleasure.
Challenge race categories include Men’s/Women’s 500 Meter Canoe Sprints, Kid’s Obstacle Course, Men’s/Women’s/Youth 250 Meter Kayak Sprints, SUP Challenge, Team Canoe Race, and Challenge Race where you may challenge your friends, co-workers or rivals.
Basic canoeing and kayaking classes will be held to help teach the basic skills needed to become a safe, effective paddler. The classes will include safely getting into and out of the boats, equipment and how to use it, basic paddle strokes and maneuvers.
A new event this year, the Eli Dog Paddle, is named for former County Judge-Executive Bob Arnold’s seeing eye dog, Eli. Dogs will ride in the boats with their owners.