This event has been held at the town of Beaver the past two years, but that little town on the banks of the White River is still recovering from high water this spring. When organizers started looking around for another venue, Lake Leatherwood seemed a perfect choice. Lewis & Clark store manager Caleb Wright said, "It's a really beautiful location, with a wide variety of activities. You can hike, mountain bike, paddle, camp, or go fishing."
The Paddle Festival will give visitors an opportunity to look over this year's new boats. Take a kayak for a test drive, even the new line of pedal-driven Hobie sit-on-tops! Vendors will be on hand with advice and free classes on paddling topics. Experienced and beginning paddlers will share their stories.
This festival is all about family and fun. The schedule includes games and activities to involve everyone. "We'll have people from our store who enjoy introducing people to the sport," Wright said. "We're promoting paddle sports as a healthy and fun activity for the whole family."
Lewis & Clark, with locations in Springdale and Rogers, has a variety of outreach programs to promote the fun and fitness of outdoor activities. Their events promote paddling, cycling, rock climbing and more. "It's one thing to have a storefront," Wright said, "but we also want to get involved in the community, and reach out to people who might not otherwise get involved."
For a full list of clinics, check the website www.gooutandplay.com.