Adirondack Paddlefest 2008 Kicks Off May 16
Mountainman Outdoor Supply Company (New York’s largest canoe and kayak dealer) of Old Forge, New York is proud to announce Adirondack Paddlefest 2008 on May 16 – 18, 2008 in Old Forge, New York. The event includes clinics, on-site test paddling, speakers, instruction, chances to win free canoes and kayaks, live music, food, fun for the whole family and over 1,000 canoes and kayaks on sale. Canoe and Kayak Magazine says that “Adirondack Paddlefest…could not be more convenient for millions of Americans”.
Held in the beautiful Adirondack village of Old Forge, New York Adirondack Paddlefest is within an easy days drive to over 70 million people and takes place at the very beginning of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail (www.northernforestcanoetrail.com ). With nearly 30,000 miles of streams and rivers and over 3,000 lakes and ponds the Adirondacks is clearly a paddler’s paradise.
The 10th Annual Adirondack Paddlefest is the nation’s largest on-water canoe and kayak demo and sale and features over 75 of the leading manufacturers of canoes, kayaks and paddlesports accessories.
Over 5,000 people attend Adirondack Paddlefest annually and even more are expected for this years 10th Anniversary Show. John Nemjo, owner of Mountainman Outdoor Supply Company, states that the key ingredient behind Adirondack Paddlefest’s enormous success is that unlike most of the larger paddlesports shows that are held inside a large indoor arena, Paddlefest gives consumers a chance to try out hundreds of different canoes and kayaks before they buy. “It’s like test driving a car,” Nemjo states, “only there are hundreds of boats to try”.
Nearly every major manufacturer of canoes and kayaks will be at Adirondack Paddlefest 2008 including: We no nah, Current Designs, Old Town, Bell, Eddyline, Dagger, Necky, Boreal Designs, Impex, Swift, Ocean Kayak, Liquidlogic, Wilderness Systems, Mad River, Placid Boat Works, Pyranha, Native, Heritage Kayaks, Wave Sport and Perception. Factory representatives will be on hand to discuss all the latest designs and materials behind today’s models. Representatives from most of the top name manufacturers of paddlesports accessories will also be on hand to fully outfit each paddler with paddles, PFD’s, safety gear, paddling apparel, car rack systems and trailers.
In addition there will be clinics, speakers and demos all weekend covering a wide variety of paddling related subjects. From materials and design, to safety and rescue, there will be topics of interest for every paddling enthusiast and also those who are looking to just get started. Of note on this year’s schedule is Terry Kent of Swift Canoe and Kayak. Terry is a three-time Olympian in kayaking, who won a silver medal at the 1990 World Championships, a gold medal at the 1987 Pan American Games, and a 4th place at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games. Kent, also a national champion canoeist, is now the National Sales Director for Swift Canoe & Kayak. In the past, he has been the Executive Director of both the USA Canoe/Kayak and the U.S. Bobsled & Skeleton Federations, as well as a Director of Sports Partnership at the U.S. Olympic Committee, where he worked with USA Track & Field, USA Gymnastics and USA Boxing. Kent has worked at 6 Olympic Games in a variety of roles and will do the in-venue announcing for canoe/kayak at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
Adirondack Paddlefest will go on rain or shine with a 16,000 square foot heated arena available in case of inclement weather. The arena is located on North Street in Old Forge and is a short distance from the test-paddling beach. Full shuttle service to and from the beach will be provided in case the event is held indoors. However, if the weather is good, Adirondack Paddlefest of course will stretch itself out along the entire downtown Old Forge lakefront that will be closed off for pedestrian traffic only.
For more information on Adirondack Paddlefest 2008 visit www.adirondackpaddlefest.com
or call (315) 369 – 6672.