River Festival Kicks Off

By: James Steiner
By: James Steiner

The Reno River Festival kicks off tomorrow at the Truckee River Whitewater Park that has become the poster child for Nevada tourism officials promoting the state's opportunitiesfor outdoor adventure.
Professional kayakers will compete over the weekend in the
26-hundred-foot long stretch of the river where eleven "drop
pools" have been constructed creating a series of Class 2 and 3
rapids.
Jim Litchfield is Reno kayaker who helped plan and design the
park, which opened in the spring of 2003. He says it has become the
pre-eminent water park and river festival in the country.
Litchfield says it's not only become a tourist attraction but it
has given the community a reason to come downtown and enjoy the
river that runs through it.

Jud Keiser (KEYE'-zuhr) of Spokane, Washington was among the
competitors making practice runs in the rapids this afternoon. He
says he drove 820 miles just to compete in the festival. He says
the Truckee River Whitewater Park should be a model for other parks
across the country.
In addition to the competition, experts will give kayaking
clinics and lessons at the three-day festival running through
Sunday. Booths on the shores will offer food and exhibits, and live
music is scheduled into the night.


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