Paddlefest kicks off at Coney Island

Paddlefest kicks off at Coney Island
FOX19 reporter Scott Schneider takes a dip in the Ohio River
FOX19 reporter Scott Schneider takes a dip in the Ohio River

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati is the paddling capital of the United States. The Ohio River Paddlefest is the largest canoe and kayak paddling event in the Midwest with over 2,200 paddlers making their annual trek down the river.

The 12th annual Ohio River Paddlefest begins Thursday, June 20 at Coney Island with the Kids Outdoor Adventure Expo.

Scheduled events include: Let's Splash, Let's Move, Let's Explore, and Let's Go Green. There are two sessions; morning 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and afternoon, 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Boat rides on the Queen City Clipper on the Ohio River will also be available and start at 9:30 a.m.

On Friday, June 21 the Ohio River Music Concert and Gearfest takes place from 9 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.. There are a variety of activities and exhibits.

On Saturday, June 22 you can Pedal It and Paddle It, for those who want to experience both paddling and bicycling.

Cincy Paddlefest registration opens at 6:30 a.m. at Yeatman's Cove. Registration for paddlers opens at the same time at Coney Island.

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FOX19's Scott Schneider was live Thursday morning with a preview on the FOX19 Morning News.

He and his cameraman took a spill into the river.

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