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Another Active Weekend for Marietta With the Rivers, Trails and Ales Festival
Posted on: 08/07/2013
By  Andy Rex
 
Here comes another active weekend in Marietta, thanks to the Third Annual Rivers, Trails, and Ales Festival.
 
WMOA News spoke with one of the festival’s organizers, Hallie Taylor, who says everything kicks off Thursday evening with a party at the Marietta Brewing Company.
 
“At 9 o’clock and on into the evening we’ll have live music in the back room by Phillip’s Bird. They actually have trivia going on there starting at 8, so people could show up early and do trivia, then come on in to the back room and enjoy the live music. And maybe pick up a t-shirt for the festival.”
 
The Ales portion of the festival takes place on Friday and Saturday evenings, with live music at several venues.
 
“On the Armory lawn we have live music at 5:30 and 6:30 on Friday and Saturday with some great local bands. Then on Friday and Saturday there are live music events throughout town.  We have Qiet! playing at the Brewery Friday night.  There’s a burlesque show at the Adelphia Music Hall on Friday. And some bluegrass music at Over the Moon Pizzeria.”
 
Saturday’s entertainment schedule also features music at all three locations.
 
Then there are the Rivers.
 
Taylor says that, last year, about 25 boats took place in an event on the Muskingum River. And she expects even more this year.
 
“On Saturday there’s a group paddle from Lowell to Marietta – it’s about 14 miles. The whole group will paddle down the river leisurely, enjoying the scenery and locking through at Devol’s Dam, then continuing on to Marietta. That’s been a really popular event and it’s something that is free of charge. You can bring your canoe or kayak and head up to the Lowell put-in on Buell Island.”
 
Taylor says there’s also a "paddler’s dice run" on both Friday and Saturday. That’s a 2.5 mile course on both the Muskingum and the Ohio, with dice containers scattered about, all of which can be reached by kayak or canoe.
 
Throughout the festival, there are also events for bicyclists. That’s the Trails portion.
 
“On Friday and Saturday, there are group road rides and mountain bike rides that depart at 10 am from the Armory lawn.  We have everything from a family-friendly around town ride to road rides that range from 15 to 50 miles.  There’s mountain bike rides that range from a beginner’s mountain bike clinic to 25 mile rides.  We really have things for every skill level.”
 
Events wrap up on Sunday with group mountain bike rides leaving from Wood County's Mountwood Park at 10 AM, and the irreverent Mighty Muskingum Raft Race, which begins at 2 PM from Indian Acres Boat Ramp down to the confluence.
 
For more information about the festival visit rtafest.com.
 
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