Fifth Annual Paddlefest Kicks Off Sept. 29

Eureka - The Humboldt State University Alumni Association and Center Activities will present HSU’s “People-Powered Water Adventure,” the 5th Annual Humboldt Bay Paddlefest, on Saturday, Sept. 29, and Sunday, Sept. 30, on the Eureka Waterfront.

This year’s festivities will serve as Grand Opening Event for the University’s, city’s and state’s new Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, which is Paddlefest’s official headquarters for land-based activities and classes.


Water-based events will be launched from three docks directly north of the center, adjacent to Halvorson Park.

Saturday’s schedule will include a canoe and kayak fun race around Woodley Island, children’s activities, live music, clinics and classes, vendor demonstrations and booths and food and beverages.

Sunday’s roster comprises the addition of a wacky Kardboard Kayak Race, the KEET Ducky Race (a fundraiser for children’s programs) and many other water-based activities. Awards will be presented both days to race and contest participants.

Admission is free. Last year, more than 1,500 people attended, including HSU alumni, students, local and regional water enthusiasts, novices and
community spectators. This year’s event will be allied with the Harbor District’s Maritime Expo, in association with the City of Eureka and the U.S. Coast Guard.
Proceeds from Paddlefest will be donated to the HSU Center Activities Youth Aquatic Scholarship Fund. For details, call Dean Hart, Director of Alumni Relations, at 707/826-5107.

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