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Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival coming in November

By Staff | Oct 11, 2011

The Sixth Annual Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival comes to Captiva, Sanibel and other venues in Lee County on Thursday, Nov. 3 and continues through Sunday, Nov. 6.

The event celebrates Southwest Florida’s 190 mile marked paddling trail, the Great Calusa Blueway. Paddlers, competitors, families and outdoor enthusiasts from around Southwest Florida, the state and the nation attend this one-of-a-kind event.

Festivities include competitive canoe/kayak races, a kayak fishing tournament, paddling clinics and demonstrations, seminars, family activities, equipment displays and sales, archaeological and environmental events, guided tours, on-water instruction, Stand-Up Paddleboard activities, green events, speakers, a film festival and evening socials.

The festival also gives those who attend a chance to get competitive and participate in two races – the Calusa Classic and Calusa Dash. A photo contest and a catch-and-release fishing tournament provide opportunities to win cash and prizes.

A four-day all-inclusive festival pass costs $60 and includes:

Trolley transportation to the festival site for three days of paddling equipment demo and new product testing with Canoe & Kayak magazine.

Admission to the speakers tent and on-water demonstrations.

A subscription to Canoe & Kayak magazine.

Entrance to three evening paddler’s socials with refreshments, including the O’Brien Subaru reception Nov. 3, the first-ever Canoe & Kayak Film Fest on Nov. 4, and the Florida Paddling Trails Association evening picnic, which features live music, dinner and The WaterTribe panel discussion plus a kayak cooking demonstration.

Ticket to win a 16-foot touring kayak made by Seaward Kayaks, valued at $3,875.

Short-sleeved festival T-shirt.

Tanger Outlet Mail coupon booklet.

A surprise gift for the first 200 people who buy four-day passes.

Fishing tournament, race entry and some on-water courses fees are not included. One-day passes are available for $8 and include trolley and on-water demos

For more information about the festival, visit www.calusabluewaypaddlingfestival.com.