3 Reasons to Visit a Paddlesport Show

By Sandy Tarburton, Membership & Communications Director

With record-breaking temperatures and snow, snow, and more snow hammering the East Coast, canoeing and kayaking might not be at the top of your thoughts these days. That’s why the Northern Forest Canoe Trail reminds you of the financial and 1396368730wisdom-gathering benefits to attending a weekend paddlesport show this season.

1. A paddlesport show can save you money. Name-brand and cottage-industry manufacturers attend these arena-sized events and bring gear by the truckloads. They extend discounted show rates so that you can drive away with a new canoe, kayak or SUP on top of your car.

2. The sales reps are like gold. Their ideal “office” is the outdoors. These guys and gals have tested their gear—may even be guides themselves—and take the time to help you find the perfect fit for your size and ability whether it’s a kayak, PFD, paddle, or boat rack.1396368803

3. Show seminars and demos are added value. Typically, a nominal show fee gives you access to a full day schedule of how-to seminars, paddling adventure talks, and on-water or pool demonstrations. Presenters tend to be experienced and possess a wealth of paddling knowledge…worth sticking around for the Q&A.

We’ll be attending the shows listed below, sharing information and maps of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. Stop by our booth for a chance to win free NFCT stuff, and to pick up raffle tickets to win one of two canoes: a Lincoln Canoe & Kayak Concord and a Northstar Canoes Northwind 17—both excellent boats for river tripping!

Canoecopia 2015
March 13-15, Alliant Energy Center, Madison, WI
Hosted by Rutabaga Paddlesport

Paddlesport 2015
March 27-29, Garden State Exhibit Center, Somerset NJ
Hosted by The Jersey Paddler

New England Paddlesports Show 2015
April 17-19, University of New Hampshire Field House, Durham, NH
Hosted by Kittery Trading Post

Adirondack Paddlefest
May 15-17, First Lake, Old Forge, NY
Hosted by Mountainman Outdoor Supply Company

Check-in with your local canoe and kayak shop for a paddlesport show in your neck of the woods this winter and spring. And if it’s still snowing when you go, think of it as more melt water to paddle in this summer!


The first two images are credited to and posted courtesy of the New England Paddlesports Show hosted by Kittery Trading Post.


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