WATERSPORTS –The 35th annual Pend Oreille River Poker Paddle, featuring non-motorized vessels ranging from sleek kayaks to parade-float creations, is set for Aug. 13.
The event will start at 8 a.m. at Pioneer Park Campground at Newport and finish 15 miles downstream at Usk by 5 p.m.
Formerly a two day event, the Poker Paddle participants spend a day on the river with stops at Sandy Shores, Gregg’s Addition, Ponderay Shores and Davis Road.
The first paddlers will launch at 8 a.m. with assigned start times running to 11 a.m.
At each stop, paddlers toss a dart to get a card with the goal of achieving the best poker hand to win prizes.
Grand prize is a night’s stay at the Northern Quest Hotel with dinner for two.
Register: $35, porpokerpaddle.com.