27 July 2006

Deerfield Riverfest to Highlight Whitewater in Southern New England

This year’s American Whitewater Deerfield River Festival is shaping up to be one of the best ever. The annual Deerfield River Festival celebrates whitewater kayaking, canoeing and rafting in western Massachusetts. This year will bring new activities both on and off the river to the weekend celebration.
Check out what we have going on this year:

“Save Our Rivers”
Membership Drive

Each year American Whitewater gathers up all sorts of goodies to host the annual Deerfield American Whitewater membership drive. Folks that join or renew their AW membership get hooked up with magazines, dvds, stickers, food, drinks, and a chance to win one of three free kayaks from Dagger Kayaks, Jackson Kayaks, and Wavesport Kayak.

On Water Activities
Saturday afternoon will be full of activities on the Dryway section of the Deerfield starting with a “boatercross” event through Dragon’s Tooth and Labyrinth. Following the “boatercross” there will be a freestyle competition in Dragon’s Tooth. Judges will be rating you on a scale of 1 to 10 based on how creative and fun your run looks. Each event only costs $5 to participate. Registrations will take place at the Dryway Put-In from 10 – 11:45.

Kids Activities
Every year at the Deerfield Festival it seems that there are more and more kids running around, playing games, and crawling into boats. This year we have a bunch of activities for the little ones, including a wiffle ball game, rubber ducky race, and pie eating contest. The kids’ activities will all take place in the festival field starting around 4:00.

Grownup Kid (Adult) Activities
We have a few hidden things up our sleeves for this year’s festival but here is just a taste of what is in store:
“Are you gonna eat that?” Pie Eating Contest
Water Balloon Launching contest with your favorite paddling friends as targets
Music from “The Symptoms”
Raft Guide “Superguide” Challenge
Silent Auction with all the latest whitewater gear and goodies

Contact Zoar Outdoor for more details.

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