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4th Annual Mahoning Riverfest Set for June 6

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — The 4th Annual Riverfest, hosted by The Friends of the Mahoning River, will take place June 6 along the Mahoning River at the B&O Station here. The free, family oriented event celebrates the river, and each year the scope and activities are expanded.

This year, participants may walk the river’s Nature Trail and enjoy a canoe or kayak ride under the direction of The Trumbull Canoe Trails as well as enjoy a number of environmental, educational and historical presentations. Mill Creek Park will exhibit things that live in the watershed, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency will show what lives in the river, and the Green Team and Trumbull and Mahoning Soil and Water Conservation Districts will explain recycling, reuse and composting.

Representatives from the Sutliff Museum will discuss the area’s history, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources will have an exhibit on water safety, the Friends and Youngstown State University will host a river table and an Enviroscape that demonstrates various processes and their impact on the river. Special guests include Birds in Flight Sanctuary and Searching out Scents rescue dogs.

Inside the B&O, the Artists of the Rust Belt will host an art show. Music provided by The Pickups will kick off the first Party in the Park from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., and a 50/50 raffle will benefit future Friends projects. Children’s activities include a 22-foot inflated slide, a bounce-a-round and a face painter and craft table.

Weather permitting, the following day (June 7), The Trumbull Canoe Trails will conduct a canoe/kayak trip down the Mahoning River. For more information or to join the group, call   330 219 2459.

The Friends of the Mahoning River is a nonprofit organization focused on improving the water quality and ecology of the river as well as canoeing, kayaking, fishing, hiking and taking in the beauty along the riverbanks.

To see a video of Riverfest 2013 and 2014, visit http://www.friendsofthemahoningriver.org. For more information on this year’s event, call 330 307 8206.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.