Riverfest, Paddlefest, Throwdown planned

– Paddlefest

The Parkersburg Paddlefest Weekend will be held Friday through Sunday in downtown Parkersburg and other locations.

Paddlefest is a festival dedicated to people-powered watercraft and will be held at Point Park for kayaks, canoes and paddleboards. It is organized by the Greater Parkersburg Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Paddlefest weekend starts at 8 p.m. Friday with a lighted paddle up the Little Kanawha River from Point Park. Electric lights and glow sticks will illuminate the group on this opening night event. There is no cost for this activity.

The main event will be 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at a cost of $20 per person. The section of the Ohio River from Point Park to Blennerhassett Island will be closed during that period to commercial traffic. Safety watercraft will be on hand to slow private motorized craft passing through.

On Blennerhassett Island, the staff and volunteers at Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park will welcome Paddlefest participants to tours of the Blennerhassett Mansion, horse-drawn wagon rides, and special events and activities, most with an additional fee.

Temple Challenge, Full Circle Yoga and Appalachian Disc Golf will offer additional activities for those interested once they reach the island. These activities do not have an additional charge.

At 11 a.m. Sunday, Paddlefest offers a farewell lake paddling excursion at North Bend State Park Lake.

– Riverfest 2019

Riverfest 2019 will be held Friday and Saturday at Point Park in downtown Parkersburg.

The event features two days of live music at the Point Park Amphitheater. There will also be sternwheelers visiting the point and food vendors.

Riverfest began in 2017 but was canceled in 2018 due to high water.

On Friday, Riverfest will begin with opening ceremonies at 5:30 p.m. followed by Insured Sound from 6-8:30 p.m. and Stallion from 9-11 p.m.

On Saturday, the activities begin at 3:30 p.m. with music by TRO, followed by 4 On the Floor at 5:30 p.m. Band of Brothers will close out Riverfest as the band takes the stage at 9 p.m.

– Downtown Throwdown

Downtown PKB will hold its Downtown Throwdown BBQ & Brewfest from 6-10 p.m. Saturday at Bicentennial Park at 201 Third St.

The event features barbecue from a variety of restaurants and many of West Virginia’s craft beers.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate. Children 13 years and older are the same price as adult admission price and kids 12 and under are free. The ticket will provide admission, a free pilsner glass, the first drink and live entertainment. Soft drinks and water will also be available.

Attendees will have the option to purchase various barbecue and other food items from their choice of food vendors. Most vendors accept cash only, but there are ATMs in the vicinity of the event. Towards the end of the evening, attendees are encourage to cast their vote for the favorite barbecue item in the ballot box at the main gate. At the end of the night, the winner will be announced and receive their award.

Local entertainment will be presented by Back Porch Alibi and JINXD.

This event is made possible with the support of the Parkersburg Jaycees and other sponsors.