Riverfront Gathering


August 5th from 5 pm – 8 pm
Pontiac Park

Join us at the confluence as we Celebrate our Rivers in the month of August! We have so many amazing pieces of natural beauty, we want everyone to stop by and enjoy river activities, music and food!
Boating Experiences:
Free opportunities to experience the river from a different perspective!
Have you always wanted to try kayaking? This is your chance!
Pontoon Boat rides provided by Tri-State Watershed Alliance. 30 minute trips leaving from Pontiac Park on the hour and half hour from 5 – 8 pm! First come first serve!
– 5:00 – 6:30 pm: State Park guided kayak trip starting at Pontiac Park. No experience necessary! Reservations required and spots are limited. Email ssinger@defiance-county.com to secure your spot!
– 7:00 – 8:00 pm: State Park Naturalists will do kayak & safety instructions at Pontiac Park. Try it by padding around the confluence in a kayak!

Enjoy delicious farm raised foods from the Cornerstone Kitchen food truck, where they specialize in foods “from our farm to your fork”! You will also have the opportunity to visit multiple Farmers Market booths!

Music will be provided by a few different bands beginning at 6 pm until 8 pm. Band one will be “Gman” and band two will be “The Changing Elements Band”.

Children will be able to use Activity Tables to learn about our river environment!

Bring your lawn chairs to enjoy watching the Riverfront Gathering activities!

We thank everyone who has been involved in this great new River Event, especially our sponsors; Defiance Soil & Water Conservation District, Land to Lake, Tri State Watershed Alliance, City of Defiance, Defiance Development and Visitors Bureau.

Pop-Up Picnic and Shopping
Featured Businesses of the Week:
Fluff Stop Baby Shop


Jonathon and Melissa Aschemeier opened The Fluff Stop Baby Shop because they felt there was a serious void in our community for quality baby products. They are excited to bring to the Defiance area natural and recycled toys, organic baby products, quality baby carriers, and modern cloth diapers. They stock many items that are great for baby showers and even offer gift wrapping! If you have your children in tow, don’t worry, there is a play area to keep them entertained! Maybe you don’t need anything this week, Gift Cards are 10% off July 19 – July 23 so stock up for the future!

This spring Melissa went and was trained with Center for Babywearing Studies and is excited to bring her knowledge of baby carriers and wraps to help teach you how to wear your baby!

In addition to the many items they sell, The Fluff Stop Baby Shop is excited to start providing classes and support groups this fall! Make sure to check back for the schedule in September!

For new parents The Fluff Stop Baby Shop is a judgment free zone no matter your parenting style and preferences. They are happy to help you fit your carrier or discuss the cloth diapers you are currently using even if they were purchased elsewhere.

You can visit The Fluff Stop Baby Shop’s Facebook page for the most up to date information on sales and new inventory! They also sell online at FluffStop.com
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10am-5pm Saturday 9am-12pm

Next Week’s Featured Business: Fort Defiance Antiques

Thursday’s #LunchDowntown

Pop-Up Picnics and Shopping


Beginning June 2nd and running until August 18th, each Thursday from 10 am – 2 pm, join us for lunch in downtown Defiance at one of our local eateries, shop the spotlight business of the week and earn a chance to win gift certificates to downtown retail businesses! Pick up your contest card at the DDVB office or at any of the participating merchants. Make 6 purchases in 12 weeks, have your card endorsed and turn in your card to the DDVB office by August 29th and you could win up to $175 in downtown retail business gift cards!
For more information and the full list of participating merchants, check out the Event Tab and select Pop-Up Picnics and Shopping.

Celebrate Defiance 2016!


Join us as we Celebrate 10 years as an organization! We will be spotlighting different areas within Defiance County each month, with help from other great city and county organizations. The following list is a month by month break down of what will be celebrated in each month. For more detailed information about each month, check out our Community Calendar!

January – Winter Recreation
February – Buildings and Architecture
March – Local Culture
April – Trails
May – City History
June – Parkland Activity
July – Parkland Activity
August – Rivers, Festivals, and Markets
September – Fortgrounds and Library System
October – Local History and Harvest
November – Retail
December – The Holidays


A Taste of Defiance

Recipe Book CoverCookbooks on SALE

With over 300 recipes contributed by the community, Where Friends, Families and the Rivers Meet, is a true taste of Defiance.

Cookbooks are on sale at the DDVB office for $15 per book with proceeds going to continue Downtown Revitalization and $5 of the proceeds will benefit Neighbors in Need.

Stop in or call 419-782-0739 to purchase one today.