Paddle and Trail is celebrating its second anniversary by hosting a free open house at the Regional Activity Center in Loves Park 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 1. The public will have the opportunity to try out kayaks and stand-up paddleboards and fish for free.
Sunday, Sept. 2, they continue the celebration with “Celebrate Rockford Day,” starting with a Breakfast Paddle to the Burpee at 8:30 a.m., and visiting the Rick’s Picks exhibit at the Burpee. The festivities continue later in the afternoon at the Milliennium Center, 220 S. Madison St., Rockford at 3 p.m. with a free reception featuring guest speaker Frank Schier speaking about the “Rock River Trail Initiative.” The winner of the “Gear Up. Head Out. Photo Contest” will also be announced. After the reception, guests are invited to head over to enjoy the On the Waterfront music festival. To join any of Paddle and Trail’s Second Anniversary celebration events register at www.paddleandtrail.com or call (815) 636-9066.