Thanks to the hard work of our event organizers and volunteers, this year's Rivers, Trails & Ales event was a giant success!
The festival is a product of several local forces coming together in beautiful partnership. Hosted through Marietta Main Street, the event is directed by Hallie, co-founder of Marietta Adventure Company, who plays a large role in coordinating the ‘Rivers’ and “Trails’ portion of the festival. The Marietta Brewing Company takes care of the ‘Ales’ events, beloved for their signature in-house brewed beers on tap and Ohio microbrews available by the bottle. Both the Adventure Company and the Brewery partner with local letterpress + design duo just-A-jar for the design of festival literature, posters and merchandise, including temporary tattoos, t-shirts, mugs, and even socks.
“This was our biggest year yet,” Hallie commented, “with over 400 people participating in the cycling events, and more than 200 taking part in the paddling events.” Over the past two years, they have added more family-friendly events to the schedule which has only increased the festival’s popularity. “We had out-of-towners who showed up with their bikes and kayaks in tow, and after the festivities, they were already recruiting more friends to join them next year!”