It takes a hell of a good party to get some of the brightest lights in whitewater—including Tyler Bradt, Doug Ammons, Steve Fisher and Rush Sturges—to host a film festival in the middle of winter. Since 1983, the world’s best paddling films have been showcased at the National Paddling Film Festival in Frankfort (pop. 27,500). The two-day event in February is organized by the Bluegrass Whitewater Association; the venue, a bourbon distillery. Hundreds of paddlers and 70 volunteers come for a downriver race on Elkhorn Creek, and two nights of films, barrel-aged whiskey and beer. — Conor Mihell
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This story will appear in the June 2015 issue of Canoe & Kayak.