Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Ohiopyle Falls Festival This Weekend! (Saturday, August 26)

This weekend is the 8th annual Ohiopyle Over the Falls Festival! American Whitewater, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds & Rivers, and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources, announce that the Eighth Annual American Whitewater Ohiopyle Over-The-Falls Festival, August 26, 2006.

Watch Adam’s 2005 Ohiopyle Falls Freestyle Run

2006 Over The Falls Festival Poster
The activities start at 8 am on Saturday (26th) in Ohiopyle State Park for Registration. From about 9:00 or 9:30 until Noon there will be Practice Runs and a how to run waterfalls Clinic.

A few words about the Clinic: the people that attend the clinic and participate in it will be put into a database of names. That database (organizers hope) will later be used, if/when Ohiopyle Falls becomes "open", as a master list for those that have permission to run the falls. In short, it would be encouraged to be on the Clinic list, even if you already know how to run waterfalls.
Run the Falls!
Jeff Snyder from Maryland, Roger Loughney from Pennsylvania, Chuck Morris, as well as myself, Adam Johnson, will be helping teach the clinics.

At Noon: the falls race will commence (a 200-yard whitewater course that includes two-foot, four-foot and eighteen-foot drops). Directly after the race, the Freestyle portion of the event will follow.

This has to be one of the *most* fun freestyle waterfalls on the planet. Not only does it have the 18 footer to do whatever type of freestyle maneuver possible off of, it also has spinning rocks and a spin hole placed 4 feet from the lip of the drop to play in. All in all, an incredible waterfall.

Watch Adam’s 2005 Ohiopyle Falls Freestyle Run

At 6:15 there will be the Upstream Race on Entrance rapid on the Youghiogheny River, guaranteed to be interesting.

Finally, at 7:30 is the Ohiopyle Town Party. ('nuff said)

So, the more people that attend and sign up, the better chance organizers will have to open this waterfall to paddlers in the future. So come out, run the drop, and have fun. There is prize money involved for event winners, free beer at the party, a silent auction, and live music by 706 Union.

Hope to see you there. For more information, please visit .

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