Norbert Gallenstein and a group of kayakers from O’Rourke’s Pub have taken interest in the recreational event and want to get more from the community involved.
So Gallenstein decided to set up an event called M2M Paddlefest where kayakers, canoes and paddleboards will attack the Ohio River starting from Manchester and finishing at Limestone Landing in Maysville under the Simon Kenton Bridge.
Gallenstein said he has about 60 participants signed up for the event that will start at two different locations, Kin Folk Landing in Manchester and Moyers Winery in Manchester. The Kin Folk route is 10 miles while the Winery route is six miles.
“Several of us at the Pub (O’Rourke’s) have been doing this for a while now. Cincinnati has something set up like this, so we’re looking to do a smaller version of it,” Gallenstein said.
Gallenstein covered the costs in the inaugural event this year and hopes it will grow over the years.
“We’re hoping to team up with a non-profit in the future. But first we want to see how it turns out,” Gallenstein added.
Participants will drop their gear off at their take-off spot, drive back to Maysville and then charter back up to their location for departure. Gallenstein said the Coast Guard has been notified and will have boats patrolling the area for safety. All participants have to be at least 12 years of age.
The ride down the Ohio will take about three to four hours as finishers will meet afterwards by O’Rourke’s Pub for a street party on Lower Market Street. Cornhole, music and food by Syleetos will be on hand for what should be a pleasant weather weekend with temperatures expected in the low 80’s.
For more information about Paddlefest, contact Gallenstein at 606-584-0061.
Paddlefest is one of several events on the day for Discover Maysville. The Amphibian Olympics at Cummins Nature Preserve will be held from 9 a.m.-11 a.m., Yoga at Rotary Park with Barbara Morgan will be at 10 a.m., Arts of All Sorts will be in Washington from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and the Germantown Fair will have a District Swine Show starting at 10 a.m. and a tractor pull and horse show at 7 p.m.