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Kayakers gather for Paddlefest in September 2016. This year Paddlefest will take place on the weekend of September 16-18. (File photo)

PARKERSBURG – Paddlefest, Downtown Throwdown and Riverfest will take place in Parkersburg the weekend of September 16-18.

Paddlefest is a three-day festival dedicated to human-powered watercraft including kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddleboards.

“Paddlefest is one of the most unique events in the area with live music, food trucks and boating on the Ohio and Little Kanawha rivers and North Bend State Park lake.” said Mark Lewis, president and CEO of the Greater Parkersburg Convention and Visitors Bureau, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting travel, events and meetings.

Paddlefest weekend kicks off at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16, with music and food followed by a lighted paddle down the Little Kanawha River from Point Park at 8 p.m. with glow sticks and lights, Lewis said. .

Paddlefest’s main event will take place on Saturday, September 17 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., featuring a 3-mile paddle down the Ohio River from Point Park downstream to Blennerhassett Island and back.

Lubeck resident Terri Fleak and her daughters, Abrianna, 4, and Addy, 1, walk through Point Park during Riverfest in Point Park 2019. Riverfest is September 16-17. (File photo)

“Commercial traffic will be limited on the Ohio River during the Saturday paddle with safety craft on hand,” said Lewis.

Paddlefest attendees will be welcomed to the island by staff and volunteers of Blennerhassett Island Historic State Park. Tours of Blennerhassett Manor, horse-drawn wagon rides and other activities will be available on the island for an additional fee.

Paddlefest wraps up Sunday, Sept. 18 with a lake paddling excursion from North Bend State Park beginning at 11 a.m. Kayak rentals will be available through Marietta Adventure Co., Human Hydro Outfitters and Wild River Kayak Co.

The Downtown Brewfest and BBQ, downtown Parkersburg’s premier fall event, takes place from 6-10 p.m. on Saturday, September 17 at Bicentennial Park.

Brewfest features several West Virginia craft beers, as well as barbecue and other food selections from various vendors, as well as live music. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Children under 12 are free. Soft drinks and water will also be available.

People gather for beer, BBQ and music at Bicentennial Park for the September 2018 Downtown BBQ and Oktoberfest in downtown Parkersburg. This year’s event is September 17. (File photo)

Parkersburg Riverfest, September 16-17, features iconic sternwheel riverboats along the Ohio River in Point Park. Riverfest is open to the public and also features live entertainment and activities.



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