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Grand Island: Registration opens for 10th annual 'Paddles Up'

by jmaloni

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Sat, Jul 18th 2015 05:25 pm

The Niagara River Greenway Commission and the Town of Grand Island have announced registration is now open for the 10th annual "Paddles Up" noncompetitive 4.8-mile paddle event around Beaver Island State Park. The event will be held Saturday, July 25.

The "Paddles Up" event schedule is as follows:

  • 7-9:15 a.m. - Early-morning kayak poker run; launch from East River Marsh
  • 9:15 a.m.- Poker run raffle draw
  • 8:30-11:30 a.m. - Paddle fair; product demos; learn to paddle; vendors
  • 9:30-10:30 a.m. - Paddle demonstration by WEKANU
  • 10:30-11 a.m.- Group photo; Native American departure ceremony; launching of paddle craft
  • 1 p.m. - Lunch fundraiser; tour of River Lea

Registration is free and the first 100 to sign-up will receive a commemorative T-shirt.

Sponsors include the Town of Grand Island; the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation marine safety division; Tops; Cabela's; Paths, Peaks and Paddles; Eastern Mountain Sports; Grand Island Chamber of Commerce; Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper; Bill's Boatworks; Anchor Marine; Catt Rafting Adventures; K&D Action Photo and Aerial Imaging; and WEKANU.

For more event information, and event registration forms, visit http://wnylife.com/paddlesup2015.htm or call 716-773-9680.

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