Mark your calendar for June 29, 2024:
RiverFest returns in partnership with the Fort to Port Histories encampment.
RiverFest is held annually at Pontiac Park in Defiance to celebrate our water resources, & enjoy recreational opportunities provided by our rivers and streams.
A FREE FAMILY-FRIENDLY COMMUNITY EVENT
to Kaitlyn Wolford, winner of the RiverFest’23 kayak raffle!
Thank you to our sponsors, City Beverage and F&M Bank.
RiverFest 2023 presented a variety activities for all ages from hiking & nature to science & history.
See the 2023 RiverFest Photo Gallery.
Raffle Sponsored By:
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.
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
- 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
- ODNR Native fish species identification
- Food Trucks & Concessions
- Linda’s Cocina
- Simply from Scratch
- Eric’s Ice Cream
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/
RiverFest 2023 is presented by these community partners:
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