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Float the river at Paddlefest
Get your kayak ready for this Saturdays Paddlefest, which starts at Pepper Branch Park and meanders its way to the VFW via the Barren Fork and Collins rivers. Pictured is the start of a previous Paddlefest.

If the thought of kayaking really floats your boat, the fourth annual Paddlefest is set for this Saturday.
Paddlefest begins at Pepper Branch Park, ends at the VFW, and serves as a fundraiser for Kids of the Community.
“It’s a great day floating the river,” said Kids of the Community coordinator Lacey Jones. “Each year more people seem to take an interest in kayaking so we’re hoping for a big turnout.”
Valuable prizes are up for grabs, including three Jackson kayaks and an Orion cooler. The winner of one kayak will be drawn from all Paddlefest participants. The other prizes will be drawn from those who purchase a $10 ticket.
There are two ways to enjoy Paddlefest. For those who want to test their speed on the water, a race begins at 10 a.m. and costs $30 to enter. For those who prefer a leisurely journey, a float begins at 10:30 a.m. and costs $25. Registration for both events starts at 9 a.m.
Kids of the Community provides year-round programs for children. During the school year, programs are available after school. During summer vacation, programs are available Monday thru Friday and on many Saturdays.
“It helps kids learn core values,” said Jones.