Below please find an excerpt from Venture Outdoors' newsletter; it gives a good overview of Saturday's Festival. Please note the "rain or shine" designation, the parking location, and that people are being encouraged to "bring spending money."
Venture Outdoors Festival – Free!
Saturday, May 21, 2005
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Rain or Shine)
Pittsburgh’s North Shore Riverfront Park– near Heinz Field
Free parking for Venture Outdoors will be available at Gold Lot #1 (you must enter the lot before 3:00 PM)
Everyone (from beginners to experts, kids to seniors) is invited to come out and try a new activity, learn about a wide array of clubs and organizations, buy some of the latest gear and discover all the great outdoor amenities we have in the region. Quick Facts
about all the things going on:
100 Exhibitors – Bring your questions and some spending money
Climbing Wall – 24 feet of rock climbing fun
Fishing – Try your luck with over 20 species of fish in the area
In-line skating – Start with the basics or learn some new tricks
Bike Rides – Take a guide pedal around town or along the trails – (bring your bike and join the fun)
Kayaking – See how it easy it is to learn
Canoeing – A perfect way to explore the riversDragon Boating
– 20 paddlers, 1 drum, tons of fun
Frisbee Golf – Play a couple of holes
Mountain High Sales - Outdoor technical gear, apparel, and footwear at 30%-80% off Retail pricing. Marmot, Keen Footwear, Vasque Footwear and Atlas snowshoes. Also clothing, boots, tents, sleeping bags, camping, stoves, snowshoes, accessories and much, much, more!
Pittsburgh Voyager - River tours 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM
Adventure Sports Magazine – Pick up a free copy at their booth
Allegheny Mountain Rescue Group - Demo of Search and Rescue dogs 1:00 PM
American Adventure Race – Participants will be passing through all day – help cheer them on!
Bike Pittsburgh – Smoothie samples from their “Bike Blender”
Brier Hill Farm – One word “Llamas”
DCNR - Rubber stamping activity for the kids plus free Hike for Health Guides
Construction Junction - Salvage art
GASP - Test drive a hybrid car and hear the motor purr
Boy Scouts Greater Pittsburgh Council – Visit the Scout Funmobile
Keystone Concessions - Electric-assisted mountain bikes
Mesa Creative Arts Center - Reiki and mini tuning fork healings, plus a small medicine wheel
Massage therapy – Experience this technique from 2 different providers
Conscious Healing - Energy psychic readings
The Woodmobile – Learn about PA’s great forests
Pittsburgh Center for the Arts - Hand made paper and other crafts
Yoga Tent – Yoga sessions throughout the day with different instructors
Unicycle and Juggling – Come test you hand eye coordination
Drumming Circle – 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM along the river (bring your own drums if you like)
Nature Walk – 11:00 AM Patterns in Nature
Food- Sree's, Mung Dynasty, Joe’s Hot Dogs, Rita's Ice and Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream and New Hope Coffee
Girl Scouts – 11:00 and 12:00 Songs and Games
ROCS! Award – Come find out who is this year’s winner!
On top of all the activities and events be sure to get your entry in to win more than 30 different cool prizes! With all this cool stuff happening you want to get there early and enjoy the full day. Don’t forget to bring the sun block and dress in your adventure clothes! This festival is the perfect way to kick-start your summer!