4/26/2012 - Asheville area Outdoors Calendar
by Outdoors - Asheville Citizen Times
FRENCH BROAD CLASSIQUE: Paddle race is Saturday and Sunday on the French Broad River from Blantyre to Asheville. Eight-mile fun race from Bent Creek. Registration starts at 8 a.m. both days at Westfeldt Park. Entry fee $10 per person per day. Call Andy Kluge at 231-4794 or visit www.fbcanoeracing.org.
JERRY'S BADDLE: Extreme whitewater kayak and road bike race on and around the Green River, starting at noon Saturday. Race in memory of Jerry Beckwith, a kayaker who died in 2006 of ALS, raises money for ALS research. Kayak race is 4 miles down the Green River starting at Big Hungry Creek. Bike leg is a 26-mile loop up the Green River Cove climb. Festival after race is $20 for those not racing. Visit www.jerrysbaddle.org.
DIAMOND BRAND PADDLESPORTS DEMO DAY: Watersports enthusiats can try before they buy at Diamond Brand's Demo Day on Lake Julian, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday. Kayak instructors and boat manufacturer reps on site. Chance to win paddlesports prizes. Visit www.diamondbrand.com.
FRENCH BROAD RIVER FESTIVAL: The 15th annual festival will be May 4-6 at Hot Springs Campground and Spa to benefit American Whitewater, The Mountain Area Child & Family Center and Hot Springs Community Learning Center. Live music, outdoor gear auction, craft vendors, mountain bike and raft races. Visit www.frenchbroadriverfestival.com.
MOUNTAIN SAFARI: A wild social adventure, 6-9 p.m. May 31 at the WNC Nature Center. Entertainment, live music, silent auction, close encounters with animals, food, Asheville Brewing Co., limited release bottle of Rufus Red Ale. Tickets $40 for members, $45 for non-members. Visit www.wildwnc.org, or call the Friends of WNC Nature Center at 259-8092.
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