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Reno River Festival in Wingfield Park this Weekend

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The 15th Annual Reno River Festival kicked off on Saturday, with hundreds of bicyclists riding down N. Virginia St. All while thousands more flocked to the Truckee River. 

Jess Horning with Liquid Blue Events and coordinator for the festival says, "It's really kind of the summer kickoff to the season. It started off in the beginning as a white water competition, which it still is, that's kind of the heart and soul of the Reno River Festival."

Throughout the years, both the festival itself and the crowds, have grown. Megan Reid, a first time attendee was pleasantly surprised, "I was expecting something a lot smaller, I really wasn't expecting this kind of turnout." Over the course of the weekend, coordinators expect about 45,000 guests. 

Although it's an unofficial kick-off to the summer season, the rainy weather on Saturday did not seem like it. Sarah Kidd, who returned to the festival for the first time in a few years said, "We weren't expecting the weather, we thought it was going to be sunnier." While some attendees did come prepared with umbrellas and raincoats, those who did not, didn't seem to mind anyway. 

The event is free and fun for the whole family, however guests are encouraged to donate one dollar at the entrance. Those proceeds will go to "Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful."

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This weekend, the Reno River Festival is taking over Wingfield Park in downtown Reno. Celebrating its 15th year, the Reno River Festival, hosted by Liquid Blue Events, is adding some new festivities. 

Organizers say there will be food, shopping, family-friendly rides and attractions, a Craft Beer Experience, a Summer Wine Village, live music, a Mother-Daughter Look-a-Like Contest, yoga in the park, and the Reno River Roll. In addition, whitewater athletes are taking on the Truckee River with some tricks. 

The Festival will run from around 11 a.m. Saturday until 5 p.m. Sunday. 

It will kick off with the Reno River Roll, a bike ride beginning under the Reno Arch at 11:30 a.m. Saturday. 

If you'd like to see the full event schedule, click here.

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