The Big Paddle

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The Ridgefield Fourth Annual Big Paddle is coming – bigger and better than ever!!

Date:  Saturday, June 6

Time: Festivities begin at 9:00 AM

Location: Port of Ridgefield at the Public Boat Launch

You won’t be able to miss it because First Saturday will be happening in historic downtown Ridgefield – with a pancake breakfast available from 7 to 9am outdoors at the Sportsmans Restaurant and Lounge before the paddle begins.

The day begins in the Big Event Tent with a Chinook Drumming and Blessing ceremony. Activities for the whole family continue with a two hour canoe, kayak or paddleboard adventure on the Lake River; vendors and festivities at Paddler’s Village during and after the paddle; a Totally Awesome Scavenger Challenge around the Port and historic downtown Ridgefield; hot food choices; a Chicamarimba Band; a beer garden and an anniversary celebration

The Farmer’s Market will be at Overlook Park from 9-2, with cardboard boat races and live music. Downtown businesses will be open and members of the Ridgefield Arts Association will have a pop-up booth at the park.

Polyroux Music Festival by Opus will be on stage from 2-4pm, and 6-8pm at the Old Liberty Theater.

The anniversary celebration and toast is for multiple agencies that are active in supporting the Wildlife Refuge, the water trail and other outdoor activities and the Big Paddle including Ridgefield Kayak (10 years), Cathlapotle Plankhouse (10 years), Friends of the Refuge (15 years), Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership (20 years), the National Wildlife Refuge (50 years) and the Port of Ridgefield (75 years).

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