After a week of frost warnings and even snow flurries, the weekend temperatures are due to ease into the sixties and just in time for the Adirondack Paddlefest. In its 15th year, the Adirondack Paddlefest will host paddling presentations, test paddles, on-water canoe and kayak sales, demos, clinics, food and entertainment this Friday – Sunday, May 17-19 in Old Forge.
According to Mountainman Outdoor Supply Company Store Manager Will Crimmins, the Adirondack Paddlefest attracts seasoned veterans as well as paddling newcomers to the Old Forge area. Held at the Old Forge Public Beach, behind the Visitors’ Center, the weekend event is the perfect opportunity to see over 1,000 canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards (SUP) on the water. The numerous events include clinics with industry representatives as well as a chance to meet other paddling enthusiasts. There is also plenty of time between the scheduled events to take in the area restaurants or just enjoy the scenery.
Crimmons says, “There is a $5 daily entry fee to get into the show, get the sale prices and attend the clinics or you can pay a $20 weekend test paddle fee which includes the admission as well as unlimited test paddles. Kids, 12 and under, are free.”
Saturday, May 18, will be the last opportunity to see the Reel Paddling Film Festival (RPFF) in the Adirondack Park. Held at the VIEW, the Reel Paddling Film Festival brings the world’s best paddling films to the stage in ten categories: Instructional Paddling, Documentary Film, Kayak Fishing, Environmental Film, Sea Kayaking, Stand-up Paddling, Canoeing, Whitewater, Adventure Travel Paddling, and Amateur Paddling Film.
The Reel Paddling Film Festival is owned and organized by Rapid Media out of Ontario along with its four leading paddle sport magazines, Rapid, Adventure Kayak, Canoeroots and Kayak Angler. The focus of the RPFF is to foster and strength interest in paddle sports. The festival films range in length from a 20-40 minute feature to the 2-5 minute short.
“The winner of the Adirondack Paddlers Photo Contest will be announced at the Film Festival on Saturday,” says Crimmins. “There is also The Gibson Brothers concert at the Strand the night before. The weekend is more than just kayak and canoe sales. We are an outdoor outfitter. We’ll have discounts on bikes, packs and other gear. We just want people to have a good time. I am always suggesting to people to not forget to get out on the water. This is the area to get outside and play.”
Photo provided by Mountainman Outdoor Supply Company.