Lake Erie and the Maumee River were celebrated in Toledo

Listening to live music at the Maumee Bay River Festival

Todayâ??s weather was not the best, but it did not stop the 2nd annual Maumee Bay River Festival, which took place at the Oliver House restaurant, in Toledo, on Sunday, September 29.

The festival was to celebrate Lake Erie and the Maumee River by increasing public awareness and appreciation. While on boat tours along the Maumee River, people learned about many aspects of the river including how valuable the river is to Toledo, where it begins and ends, and some of the challenges the river is facing.

On land, people could explore the U.S. Coast Guard ships, listen to live music, and take part in live fish census demonstrations by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

All proceeds raised from the festival will benefit the Lake Erie Waterkeeper which works to reintroduce Sturgeon into the Maumee River and Lake Erie.