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'Paddles Up': Registration open for 10th annual Grand Island event

by jmaloni


Tue, Jun 9th 2015 04:45 pm
Grand Island
Grand Island

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

The "Paddles Up" 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 with product demonstrations, vendors and instructions on how to paddle
  • 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 and tour of River Lea House

Registration is free. The first 100 people 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; the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce; Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper; Bill's Boatworks; Anchor Marine; Catt Rafting Adventures; K&D Aerial Imaging; and WEKANU.

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

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