Reno River Festival Kicks Off Special Events Season - KTVN Channel 2 - Reno Tahoe News Weather, Video -

Reno River Festival Kicks Off Special Events Season

Posted: Updated:
Sage Donnelly is no stranger to kayaking in the Truckee River. The 13-year-old Carson City native will be hitting the rapids this weekend during the Reno River Festival. "It's amazing, just being able to go so big," Donnelly said. "It feels like you're flying, and doing everything is just so much fun."

The annual event brings some of the best kayakers from around the world. As many as 40,000 people have headed downtown for the event in the past.

"I think it gets us a lot of exposure and shows people what an awesome place that we have," Donnelly said. "I mean, we have a whitewater park in the middle of downtown Reno. So, I think it's pretty awesome."

But it's not just about kayaking. Dozens of vendors have been setting up booths all day, getting ready for the weekend. Theodore Hamel is the owner of "Happy Soles."  He and his wife travel around the country, setting up their booth. "We do well, here, and it's a family event," Hamel said. "So, a lot of kids around and family. So, we enjoy that. We meet a lot of nice people."

Cabela's will also be on hand with a variety of watercraft and fishing gear. They will be offering free classes to the public, starting at noon tomorrow. "We're going to be doing seminars on fly-fishing, we're going to do a canoe camping seminar, and then we're also doing kayak fishing as well," Jamie Klund, Cabela's Marketing Manager said.

Festival organizers say the festival has something for everyone including a zip line that takes people about 250 feet across the Truckee River. "It's alive when you get here," Jim Bauserman, Reno River Festival Manager said. "Tons of stuff for the kids to do, zip-lining across the river, food vendors, the whole deal, and a great kayak competition."

There's a line-up of bands set to perform throughout the weekend. The festival gets started with "Yoga in the Park," Saturday at 9 AM. Competitions start at ten. Arlington Avenue will be closed from Court Street to 1st Street.

Written by Paul Nelson
  • Today's Top StoriesMore>>

  • Aces Thump River Cats to Pull Even

    Aces Thump River Cats to Pull Even

    Friday, August 29 2014 3:11 AM EDT2014-08-29 07:11:56 GMT
    The Reno Aces jumped out to a second-inning 8-0 lead and went on to a 9-4 win over the Sacramento River Cats Thursday night at Raley Field. More >>
    The Reno Aces jumped out to a second-inning 8-0 lead and went on to a 9-4 win over the Sacramento River Cats Thursday night at Raley Field. More >>
  • 5 Things to Know About Nevada's Midterm Elections

    5 Things to Know About Nevada's Midterm Elections

    Saturday, August 30 2014 12:15 PM EDT2014-08-30 16:15:21 GMT
    Courtesy: erinbrilbray.comCourtesy: erinbrilbray.com
    With no senators up for re-election and a Gov. Brian Sandoval all but guaranteed a second term, Nevada's upcoming midterm elections promise to be a bit of a snooze.More >>
    With no senators up for re-election and a Gov. Brian Sandoval all but guaranteed a second term, Nevada's upcoming midterm elections promise to be a bit of a snooze.More >>
  • Aces Take Lead in Pacific Northern Division

    Aces Take Lead in Pacific Northern Division

    Saturday, August 30 2014 4:06 AM EDT2014-08-30 08:06:12 GMT
    With three games to play in the 2014 regular season, the Reno Aces own a one game lead in the Pacific Northern Division. More >>
    With three games to play in the 2014 regular season, the Reno Aces own a one game lead in the Pacific Northern Division. More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Sarkes Tarzian, Inc. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.