Join us on the Deerfield River for a full weekend of activities at the Deerfield Festival Weekend from June 28-30. The event celebrates whitewater paddling and supports American Whitewater's work in the northeast. The weekend events include the Deerfield Fest on the evening of June 30 at the Charlemont Fairgrounds as well as free river clinics and demos all weekend
American Whitewater and Zoar Outdoor are joining forces to celebrate the Deerfield River. We are combining two great annual events – American Whitewater's Deerfield Fest and Zoar Outdoor's DemoFest – to bring together paddlers from throughout the northeast and beyond for a full weekend of outdoor activities while showcasing whitewater paddlesports. The event will raise funds and membership for American Whitewater.
The Deerfield Festival Weekend will include these exciting events:
Deerfield Fest, Saturday, June 29
For more than 20 years, American Whitewater has hosted the Deerfield Fest to celebrate the successful dam relicensing process that provides 32 annual whitewater releases on the Dryway and 106 annual whitewater releases on Fife Brook. The main festival activities take place on Saturday afternoon/evening beginning at 3 p.m. and provide entertainment for both paddlesport and non-paddlesport enthusiasts young and old. The festival site will be bustling with activity including a whitewater marketplace, live entertainment, raft guide competition, beer, and a silent auction with awesome outdoor gear. There will be tent camping on the festival grounds again this year. Sign up to reserve your spot: https://aw.formstack.com/forms/deerfield_fest_camping_registration The Deerfield River Festival is a critical fundraiser for American Whitewater, and is one of our premiere events. All proceeds from the festival support American Whitewater’s conservation and access work throughout the Northeast. For more information, contact American Whitewater, https://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/Wiki/aw:events_deerfield?
Zoar Demofest, Friday, June 28 - Sunday, June 30
Try out the latest whitewater kayaks, canoes and SUPs at the Zoar DemoFest. Free instruction from top paddlers, demos of the hottest whitewater boats on the market and hardcore paddling videos - it’s all at the 13th annual DemoFest at Zoar Outdoor. Try out the latest whitewater gear at no charge. Manufacturer representatives, pro paddlers, Team Z and Zoar Outdoor instruction staff will teach free mini-clinics. After a day on the river, paddlers are invited head over to Zoar Outdoor for a BBQ, paddling films, and guest speakers. For more information, contact Zoar Outdoor, http://www.zoaroutdoor.com/demofest.htm