PRESTONSBURG – Prestonsburg Tourism held Paddle Fest on Saturday. Over 100 participants gathered at Billy Ray’s Restaurant at 8 a.m. where they enjoyed a breakfast before beginning a fun and relaxing kayaking trip down the Big Sandy River.
Some participants brought their own kayaks while others rented kayaks from Jenny Wiley Marina and Legend Outfitters of Louisa. Kayakers who participated in the Prestonsburg Tourism-hosted Paddle Fest hailed from multiple Eastern Kentucky counties.
The weather conditions were perfect for enjoying a relaxing day on the river. Kayakers floated over four miles down the Big Sandy River.
“The scenery was amazing and the individuals were very friendly and accommodating,” said Shelia Ratliff. “We were totally unaware of the natural beauty and amazing time we could have right in our own back yard of Floyd County.”
Kayakers enjoyed a relaxing float down the Levisa Fork after launching their watercraft behind Billy Ray’s Restaurant at the boat ramp. The excursion lasted four to six hours as kayakers paddled up to the old water plant in Paintsville for a level one paddle. Lunch was available in Paintsville for those who reserved in advance and shuttled back to Prestonsburg for $10 per person.
For those who were unable to attend last weekend’s event, another Paddle Fest is planned for June 25 at 8 a.m.
For more information on the upcoming Paddle Fest, call Prestonsburg Tourism at (606) 886-1341.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.