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Wenatchee River Festival a whitewater bonanza


Greg Huefner makes a splash while kayaking in the Naches River. He is part of a group seeking to build a whitewater park in the Yakima area. 
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Greg Huefner makes a splash while kayaking in the Naches River. He is part of a group seeking to build a whitewater park in the Yakima area. (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

RIVER SPORTS — The 2013 Wenatchee River Festival, set for June 8 based out of Cashmere, Wash., is among the region's few paddling events that brings a wide-ranging paddling community together.

Organizers of the event that's been around in one way or another for a quarter century encourage participation of all river lovers, whether you kayak, raft, or ride the waves on a board, the festival offers a little something for everyone.

This year the festival has added a few new events, as well as brought back activities that were enjoyed in previous years, including clinics, demos and other events). Proceeds from the Silent Auction go to support American Whitewater. Activities include:

Clinics

  1. Yoga
  2. Downriver Kayak Clinic taught by Wet Planet
  3. Playboat kayak clinic instructed by Jean Luc Robichaux
  4. SUP clinic instructed by Leavenworth Mountain Sports
  5. Whitewater rescue instructed by Wave Trek

 

Races and competitions

  1. Rodeo Competition
  2. Washington Kayak Club's Downriver Kayak Race
  3. Raft Down River Race
  4. Leavenworth Mountain Sport's SUP Downriver
  5. Flip-n-Recovery Event
  6. Throw-rope competition throughout the day

 Other activities

  • Demos given by CrossFit Cashmere and Wave Trek 
  • Silent Auction and Raffle, BBQ and live music
  • Displays featuring festival sponsors, vendors and community groups



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