2011 Ohiopyle (PA) Over the Falls Festival August 20
By: Mark Singleton
This year’s Over the Falls Festival will be on Saturday Aug 20, 2011. You can preregister or register at the event. We need plenty of help, and will require everyone 18 and over who wants to run the Falls to give the event at least one hour of safety! Registration fees have been reduced to $15 and volunteers who give us at least two hours of their time will receive a cool T-shirt. Registration forms and waivers are included on the Falls Race website. We ask that you download the forms and bring them with you to the event in order to save time. You can sign up for the race and/or freestyle competitions or to just do practice runs the day of the event.
It is important that everyone realize that running this waterfall should be for experienced boaters only. Running this class IV waterfall has all the potential hazards involved with any other class IV rapid. Our safety at the base of the falls only involves helping swimmers if and when they wash out from under the falls. As with any whitewater activity you are responsible for judging your own capabilities and for your own safety. If you do not have the experience to run the falls please do not attempt to do so. We have increased the prize money this year for both the Race and Freestyle Events. Tell your friends!
Even if you do not run the falls come on down and celebrate with us at the Town Party.
- Activities Planned: â€¨
- Over the Falls Race and Freestyle Event – 12-Noon
- â€¨Practice Runs – 9am-Noon
- Freestyle till 4pmâ€¨
- Silent Auction (including a Jackson Kayak)â€¨
- Town Party with live band The HalfTime String Band
- 7:30pm to 10:30pmâ€¨Awards Ceremony
- Town Partyâ€¨Falls Under Lights
Those interested in assisting with registration or race administration should contact Barry Adams, the Festival Coordinator, in advance or at the event.
In the event of high water levels, alternate festival dates are Aug 27 or Sept 10.
After a 30+ year ban on running Ohiopyle Falls (with the exception of the festival), American Whitewater reached a pilot agreement with Ohiopyle State Park for Falls access last year. Come out and celebrate additional Falls access and support the Falls Festival with your volunteer time.
American Whitewater wishes to thank Barry Adams who volunteers his time to coordinate this festival. Proceeds from the event support river stewardship.