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Old 06-13-2024, 06:38 PM   #1
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Mahoning River Fest-Presented by Friends of the Mahoning
When- Sunday June 23rd
Where-B & O Station 530 Mahoning Ave Youngstown, OH 44502
GPS- 41.10253, -80.65771
Time-River Fest is from 11-4, TCT will be giving canoe/kayak rides 12:00-4 or until we get tired!!!
I will arrive no later than 10 am to set up and help other unload so we can be ready at noon
Once unloaded I believe we may still park at the at the WTA

Calling all members & CANOES to help at the annual Mahoning River Fest presented by Friends of the Mahoning.
This is an opportunity to do what the original member of this club wanted to do. Make the public aware of the Mahoning River and how fun it is to paddle.
TCT is able to give the public a quick glance at paddling a canoe or kayak and a quick view of the river. We are to help guide them up stream and back to the B&O dock. We don't need to teach them everything, just keep it VERY BASIC and enjoyable so the public might get interested in the sport.

We have a tried and true system that flows like clockwork and I don't see any reason to make any major chances.
Here is what we need-
1) All Canoes/Two Man Kayaks possible with a member who can control the canoe/kayak with people who might not be as experienced.

2) A total of four very easy recreation kayaks for the public to use/Then four kayaks manned by TCT members to Shadow the public kayaks. (total of 8 kayaks)
Example- Jessica will paddle her Wavesport Ethos kayak, she will guide the public who will be paddling my Perception swifty kayak upstream and back. She can offer help and answer any questions.
When shadowing the public in kayaks always go up stream towards west ave dock. If they are unable to paddle upstream then they can float back to the dock.
Any extra kayaks that show up can be used as displays and to make a path to guide people from our tent to the life Jacket station & to the Dock.
ALL BOATS MUST BE UP TO DATE ON TAGS & NUMBERS

3) Members needed to work at our Tent & Life Vest Station & Dock- Dock workers will help load and unload boats and keep the waiting public off the dock until their turn. (aka the Jodi Vallecorsa rule) In the early years of this event we had problems with everyone on the dock and she came up with the idea to have everyone wait off the dock for safety.
(Friends of the Mahoning are helping provide dock workers to help us out)

4)Any and all extra Life Jackets we may have. All Sizes for kids and adults(Mark your Name in Each Life Vest so it doesn't get lost!!!)

For members who haven't been to this event this is our system.
1-Public comes to our tent, -Must fill out our Waiver Form, -Must receive a ticket from the tent.(The Ticket allows the life vest station and the dock workers and Paddlers know they have signed the waiver form) (Dock worker or paddler can collect the tickets)

2-Go to Life Vest station-Get fitted for a life vest.(If we don't have a life jacket big enough or small enough for people to wear then they are unable to get into a boat!!!!!)

3-Have the public wait in line by the dock. If possible let's try to see what the public would like to do before they enter the dock. Example a person might be waiting for a kayak but the person behind them is waiting for a canoe ride. A canoe opens up then the canoe rider will go first.

4-Loading Canoe Riders-The Canoeist will have the final say on how many riders they can have in a boat at one time. In past years I have had 1 adult and two small kids as my max. Others might be ok with more or less.

5- Load Kayakers in to kayaks

6-Unload Canoe Riders and Kayakers

7- Have the public return to the Life Vest Station and return the life vest.

Please note-we will always need extra members who can sub in and out of stations to give breaks. Just because you might not be at a station to start the day; please stay and help give breaks during the event.

Hope to make this year a success like the past years. Please Text or Call me if you can come 330-766-3129 or email back tctnewsletter@gmail.com
Mike Danko
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Old 06-13-2024, 08:29 PM   #2
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I plan to atrend Riverfest and give canoe rides.
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Old 06-17-2024, 06:23 PM   #3
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I haven't had the (historic) Grumman out this year. I --have-- to check the tires, bearings and lights on the trailer. Baring any surprises I will be coming.

Are we SURE parking over at the WTA is OK?

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I will be there with my brand new 16 Redfeather Prospector. It has the capacity to haul a whole family! Hope some people come out to help.

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I talked to Tom and parking is at the WTA by the B&O
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I was surprised at the low (public) attendance at Riverfest this year. Just a low year? I noticed even the building was closed. That used to have some craft venders inside (and restrooms). It did not look like the parking lot ever did get full.

There was a good number of exhibits.

It was very slow out on the river. Any idea of how many rides were given? It was waaay slower than other years.

♦ Every time I left my canoe and came back, BobK charged me $5 to go down the ramp. The club treasury made out pretty good I think?? **

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I was surprised at the low (public) attendance at Riverfest this year. Just a low year? I noticed even the building was closed. That used to have some craft venders inside (and restrooms). It did not look like the parking lot ever did get full.

There was a good number of exhibits.

It was very slow out on the river. Any idea of how many rides were given? It was waaay slower than other years.

♦ Every time I left my canoe and came back, BobK charged me $5 to go down the ramp. The club treasury made out pretty good I think?? **

---KenM

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I think Mike said that we gave 38 rides based on the number of tickets given out. Usually we would give well over 100 in years past if my memory serves correctly.

Personally, the down time waiting for riders was useful to practice forward stroke underwater paddle recovery and how to stop the canoe when being blown about by swirling winds.

For future reference, turn-around rapid would be a good place to practice ferries and peel outs since it is so close to the West Ave dock.

Maybe BobK will buy your lunch, Ken, at Procrastinators’ Christmas party with all the $ he collected from you!!!!

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Riverfest 2024:
TCT showed up in full force; we had plenty of volunteers for the tents. I lost count of the number of members. At my last count we had 16 members show up. With 9 giving rides to the public.
The downside was the call of rain and storms really kept people away. We only gave 38 rides this year. The lowest ever since we started doing this event. We have had years where we were over 200 rides.
Thank you to all volunteers!!!
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