Reno River Festival underway

RENO, Nev (KOLO) -- May 13, 2017, at the Reno River Festival, it was man versus nature

"With the river running so high here, we couldn't miss out," said Robert Jones, who attended the festival.

This is the 14th year of the River Festival. It's a big draw for competitive kayakers.

"The crowds are really getting into it. They are doing tricks that they haven't seen here in Northern Nevada before because the water is so heavy," said Jess Horning, Liquid Blue Events.

The event also features live music, vendors, food, and plenty of drinks.

"Everybody in Reno wants to be outside," said Jones.

This is the second time Jones has been to River Festival. He says the big turnout may have a lot to do with this past season.

"I think everybody is sick of the long winter we had and all the snow. I think everybody is ready to be outside by the river and enjoying some drinks and the sunshine," said Jones.

While many people enjoyed themselves, help, if anything went wrong, wasn't too far away. Reno Fire Department's water entry team didn't have to deal with any issues at the event. As the cold water rushes down the river, they are ready to help.

"We spent a little bit of time down here preparing for many eventualities as we can think of down here," said Matt Peek

With day one in the books, organizers look to keeping the trend going and seeing record crowds.

The River Festival is at Wingfield Park in downtown Reno May 13 and 14.