Huron River Day is Sunday, July 14, 2013

Press release cut and paste directly from the City of Ann Arbor web site, with links added that go to Arborwiki.

PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release

33RD ANNUAL HURON RIVER DAY CELEBRATION ON SUNDAY, JULY 14 OFFERS FREE RIVER ACTIVITES FOR FAMILIES

ANN ARBOR, Mich., June 7, 2013 — Enjoy the beautiful Huron River and participate in free family river activities during the Huron River Day Celebration at Gallup Park, 3000 Fuller Road in Ann Arbor, on Sunday, July 14.

The 33rd annual event will be kicked off in the morning with the Ann Arbor Track Club Gallup Gallop 5K Run/Fitness Walk at Gallup Park at 8:30 a.m. For online registration, visit www.aatrackclub.org. Also in the morning at Gallup Park is a naturalist-guided paddling trip from 11 a.m. to noon.

The main Huron River Day activities will be held on Sunday, July 14 at Gallup Park from noon to 4 p.m. Have fun discovering and learning about the Huron River. Paddle a boat with $5/boat canoe and kayak rentals, visit the exhibit tents to learn about the river and enjoy live music all on the banks of the beautiful Huron River. Among the many activities offered will be a children’s tent with art and science activities and the enviro-challenge game; have your picture taken in a canoe photo booth; catch a fish; see a live animal program with the Leslie Science & Nature Center; step into a Butterfly House; and try out stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) on the river.

Enjoy the history of the river with the Classic Small Boat Show. Musical entertainment will be provided by Joe Reilly from noon to 1 p.m., Gemini from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and Wire in the Wood from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m. Throughout the afternoon, there will be performances by AuxWerks Dance celebrating the river through dance. Food available will include a hot dog stand, Pilars tamales, Italian Ice, Zingerman’s baked goods and more.  Ride your bike to the event, and your boat rental will be free. Bicycle valet parking will be provided by Washtenaw Bicycling and Walking Coalition.

Also on Sunday, July 14, the Washtenaw County Parker Mill County Park will offer tours of the Pioneer Grist Mill from noon to 4 p.m.

This Huron River Day Celebration is sponsored by DTE Energy Foundation. Additional support provided by Toyota, Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner, Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation and the City of Ann Arbor.

Huron River Day History
More than 30 years ago, the Huron River Day celebration began as a way to encourage partnerships among government, private and non-profit organizations and to educate citizens about the importance of water quality and Huron River preservation. Each year, this event draws approximately 2,500 people from the Ann Arbor community to celebrate the Huron River. 

For more information about Huron River Day, call (734) 794-6240 or visit www.a2gov.org/HRD.  

 

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