RiverFest returns in 2023 to celebrate our water resources, & enjoy recreational opportunities provided by our rivers and streams.
A FREE FAMILY-FRIENDLY COMMUNITY EVENT at PONTIAC PARK, DEFIANCE
Follow the Blue Blazes:
Start the day with a Buckeye Trail Hike.
Meet at Pontiac Park, at the new trail sign near the boat launch, at 9:00 am. Enjoy a guided hike with Buckeye Trail/North Country Trail Hikers and an ODNR Naturalist. Finish at Pontiac Park approximately 10:00 am in time for RiverFest activities.
For more info on trails, see:
RiverFest Activities 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
- River Passport Activities with Environmental Groups
- ACREs LandTrust
- Nature’s Nursery
- Wildlife Pelts – Joe Blosser
- Black Swamp Beekeepers
- Shade Tree Commission
- Project Wet – 5 tables (Defiance Elementary and Defiance SWCD)
- Defiance College Science Club
- Upper Maumee Watershed Partnership
- Buckeye Trail Association/North County Trail
- Friends of Independence Dam State Park
- Guided Kayak Trips with an ODNR Naturalist
- Pontoon Boat Rides courtesy of Maumee Watershed Alliance
- ODNR Native fish species identification
- Food Trucks & Concessions
- Linda’s Cocina
- Jacob’s Meats
- Simply from Scratch
- Eric’s Ice Cream
Enter for your chance to win this kayak package at RiverFest!
- Free to enter drawing
Sign up at the Gazebo during RiverFest from 10:30 – 1:30
- Must complete all information on the ticket to enter (name, phone, email)
- By signing up for this raffle you agree to receive quarterly email updates from Land to Lake (News Drop)
- Drawing will be held at 2:00 pm
- Need not be present to win
Kayak will be on display at the DDVB office,
325 Clinton Street, Defiance, until RiverFest.
Raffle Sponsored By:
Other Events at the Confluence:
- Encampment at the Confluence: Living Historic Reenactors
- June 24, 9:00 am – June 25, 4:30 pm, Pontiac Park, Defiance
- Visit the living history encampment with the “Great Lakes Fur Traders” demonstrations and displays all weekend. info > https://fb.me/e/1dBytZPpU
- Pickle Ball Tournament
- June 24, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, Kingsbury Park, Defiance
- Yoga in the Park
- June 24, 10:00 am, Pontiac Park
- Open yoga session with Amy Galbraith. Part of the Summer Wellness Passport program by the Defiance County Health Department and Defiance Development and Visitors Bureau.
- Art in the Park
- June 25, 10:30 am – 4:00 pm, Defiance Public Library & the historic Fort Grounds
- info > https://www.facebook.com/DefiArtinthePark/