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Tuesday, June 10, 2014 8:56 AM

By JOE SHOUSE • Progress Staff Writer

OAKWOOD – The Oakwood Development Company (ODC) is collaborating with businesses as well as individuals to promote the eastern portion of Paulding County. According to executive director Damien Morales, the ODC is actively promoting the many resources available in the region in hopes to build camaraderie, strength and growth.

One natural resource available are the many waterways that flow through the county. When Morales made his first trip to Oakwood, he saw the potential of the rivers and what could be done to bring people, dollars and a sense of pride to the area.

“What better opportunity to promote what we have than to discover the river up close and personal,” said Morales.

In order to do so, the ODC is the driving force behind the first Auglaize River Regatta, to be held Saturday, June 21 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

“We want to focus on the east side of the county, near Oakwood. We have wonderful people to work with, a great community park in Oakwood and everything downtown is in close proximity,” Morales said.

He admits they are starting at the ground floor with their first event, but already he sees success developing before the first canoe hits the water.

“When you do something like this, it’s all about the people and businesses. As an economic development group we want to build relationships and in the process keep them in front of us. Right now, just seeing people come together, working hard and pooling their resources for a common cause is exciting.”

The ODC is drawing from many in the area to help facilitate the regatta. The paddle race, using one or two person canoes or kayaks will be 3.5 miles and will launch from Auglaize Canoe and Kayak located at 24687 Road 207, outside of Oakwood near the Paulding/Putnam County line. Boat rentals will be made available at Auglaize Canoe and Kayak for a nominal fee.

Preregistration, at a 50 percent discount, can be made through June 14 by calling 419-796-1825. After June 14 registration will increase to $20 for adults and $10 for youth ages 7 through 17.

Please note that check-in for the regatta and same-day registration will be held at the Oakwood Community Park. Once completed, participants will make their way to Auglaize Canoe and Kayak for the launch of the 3.5-mile waterway adventure.

On the day of the regatta, the community park will be the stage for entertainment, food and arts and crafts throughout the day. The Oakwood Community Band will perform at 11 a.m. followed by Brian and Poor Bottom Grass Band scheduled for noon.

Food will be provided by CJ’s Place from the Five Span area.

“We are excited to see Auglaize Canoe and Kayak, CJ’s Place and the bands come together for this. CJ’s is a relatively new restaurant and for them to have the opportunity to showcase their food is a good thing We are getting a lot of support and we hope this first year event will grow and be something we can look forward to every year,” said Morales.

The idea of having the regatta starts at a top notch facility like Auglaize Canoe and Kayak and finishing at the community park where everything will be close together is something that Morales feels is a real plus.

“We have been planning, strategizing and developing this regatta for eight months and we have overcome some challenges. We have a grand plan and if we can work through everything logistically we will be more than pleased and everyone should have fun day,” said Morales.

For more information, visit www.odcohio.org/race-registration.