The American River Festival is one of the longest running whitewater festivals in the country. Come watch and participate in this fun weekend on water and land! Fun and spectator-friendly slalom races will be held on September 8th, 2013 at The Nugget, just upstream from Chili Bar. Entrance to the Nugget is free for racers and spectators alike that weekend. The slalom races are open to and appropriate for all class 2+ and above paddlers, so don’t feel like you can’t participate because you are a newer boater. On Saturday the 7th there will be practice sessions and impromptu clinics for non-racers or any paddlers wishing to try kayaking on slalom gates. Current Adventures will have kayaks to demo, and will help provide gate education and registration. See the ARF website for registration and detailed schedules.
Then stop by Henningsen-Lotus Park on Saturday and Sunday, September 7-8, and check out the great deals on used rafting and kayaking equipment at the Friends of The River Gear Swap. A portion of the sales go to support Friends of the River. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about the gear swap. Activities include whitewater rodeo, slalom and downriver races, games, live music, food and merchandise vendors, and great spectator seats. River games and activities include races for those of all abilities, fun fests for kids, and educational clinics. The Festival benefits several river-focused nonprofits. 2013 dates are yet to be announced. For more information, call The River Store at 530-626-3435.
For more information, visit www.americanriverfestival.org.