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Reno River Festival Kicks Off Special Events Season

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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
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