The 5th Annual Paddlefest is coming up Saturday June 22 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Don’t miss your opportunity to try a variety of paddle sports for free at Lake Minnewasta!
From 10:00 am – noon and 1:00 – 4:00 pm there will be the opportunity to try a canoe, kayak, paddle-boat or dragon boat. Manitoba Canoe & Kayak Centre will be coming out with all the equipment and with coaches to monitor the waters and help people into PFDs (also provided). There are a few new features that have been added to the event this year. One is the opportunity to sign up for a fun race using provided equipment or your own. Races are only 200 meters in length and these are fun races, no training ahead of time required!
Another new element of the event is the celebration of Indigenous Peoples Day. The Government of Canada has sponsored the event as part of their Celebrate Canada grant. We will be celebrating with a stage program from noon to 1:00 pm featuring Kelly Chinchilla with fancy dance, Rylee Sandberg with hoop dance and Southern Thunderbird Medicine Drum.
Habitat for Humanity is partnering with Paddlefest again to put on their 2nd annual epic fundraiser, where you build a boat with cardboard and duct tape and then race them! You need to register in teams of 4 with $200 minimum entrance fee. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for registration and information package!
Stephanie Dueck, City of Morden Rec Programmer shared her excitement for the day, “This is a great opportunity to get out on the water and perhaps nurture a new passion for paddling. We also want to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day as a community and we hope residents of Morden and surrounding communities will join us!”