Ridgefield Big Paddle is set for Sat., June 1

At the waterfront, participants can enjoy a guided Interpretive Paddle on a canoe, kayak, or paddleboard in the morning, or a Recreational Paddle in the afternoon

RIDGEFIELD — Ridgefield is celebrating National Trails Day with festivities at the waterfront and downtown on Sat., June 1.

This photo shows a participant of the 2018 Ridgefield Big Paddle event. This year’s event will take place on Sat., June 1. Photo by Mike Schultz
This photo shows a participant of the 2018 Ridgefield Big Paddle event. This year’s event will take place on Sat., June 1. Photo by Mike Schultz

At the waterfront, enjoy a guided Interpretive Paddle on a canoe, kayak, or paddleboard in the morning, or a Recreational Paddle in the afternoon. On land, explore vendors at Paddlers Village, live music all day, a Hookum Brewing Co. beer garden, a self-guided waterfront hike into the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, and an all ages obstacle course. There will also be a Kayak Polo demonstration and scrimmage by the Portland Kayak Polo club, and a Kayak Carnival featuring land-based games using paddling gear. A full schedule of events is available at www.RidgefieldBigPaddle.com  

In downtown Ridgefield experience Ridgefield First Saturdays at Overlook Park with the Ridgefield Farmers Market, a Follow-the-Fish trail, live music, a wine garden with Windy Hills Winery, face painting, and Big Games. Big Games will include frisbee checkers, giant Jenga, cornhole, and sidewalk chalk. Friends of the Ridgefield Community Library will be hosting a used book sale.  

Registration is required for the Interpretive and Recreational paddles. Register for $5 at www.RidgefieldBigPaddle.com/register. Rentals are available, but you must reserve ahead of time, contact Alder Creek Kayak. Trolley rides between Overlook Park and the Waterfront will be available.   

Volunteers are needed for this event, more information and volunteer sign up is available at www.RidgefieldBigPaddle.com/volunteer.  Vendor applications can be found at www.RidgefieldBigPaddle.com/vendors.

Information provided by city of Ridgefield.

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