Ellicottville Paddle Festival
Once you’ve had your fair share of running, mud, and post-race party fun in Holiday Valley’s Mudslide Trail Run, head back up the Spruce chairlift for Round Two … Adventure Bound onthefly will have an entire fleet of kayaks and standup paddleboards (SUPS) lining the shore of Holiday Valley’s Spruce Lake that everyone is welcome to come demo … for FREE! Add in live music, Hawaiian BBQ, kids SUP races, and some really unique fitness classes, and you’ve got the makings of the 2nd annual Ellicottville Paddle Festival. It’s the perfect compliment to a full day of outdoor fun, and truly a Father’s Day weekend for the books! Let’s break it down for you …
Who: EVERYONE! You don’t have to be a Mudslide participant to attend Paddle Festival. However, Mudslide runners can ride the Spruce lift for free. ($5 for anyone else looking to hitch a ride up to Paddle Central.)
When: Saturday, June 17 immediately following Holiday Valley’s Mudslide Trail Run from 2-7pm. The Adventure Bound crew is upping the ante this year with a 2nd day of paddling fun on Sunday, June 18 at their Demo Pond located just a couple miles north of the village … but we’ll get to that in just a minute.
Music: Zach Carr and Jonah Krull of Tonawanda, NY will provide the entertainment for Saturday’s paddling adventures. The talented duo has performed across the Western New York region, playing covers of many different styles from pop/jazz to big band and swing music. Aside from being nominated as “Best Acoustic Act” of 2016 in ArtVoice Magazine, Zach Carr won “Best Maile Vocalist” in ArtVoice’s 2016 “Best of Buffalo.” Yep … they’re pretty good!
Food: You’ll need to re-fuel if you want ample paddling energy. Adventure Bound is bringing in a Hawaiian BBQ food truck to serve up delicious Hawaiian chicken BBQ, crispy shrimp with Katsu sauce, and BBQ short ribs - that should get your chops watering.
SUP Yoga: Groove Health & Fitness instructors will offer demonstrations and fitness sessions on the water. Not to worry … SUP boards use Advanced Rocker Construction (ARC) for superior performance and stability, making yoga on the water a unique combination that’s not as difficult as you may think. Give it a try!
New Release: The highlight of this year’s Paddle Festival is the introduction of a new line of inflatable SUPs from the Ellicottville-based business, SUPonthefly (an affiliate of Adventure Bound onthefly.) According to John Rounds, owner, “SUPonthefly has spent two years testing and producing boards with unique stability and design requirements to meet the needs of the adventure paddler and fly fishing community. This year’s line will feature a retractable box that allows the center fin to automatically retract in shallow water or when bumping up against rocks in a river.” Pretty cool, right? SUPonthefly will be one of the only manufacturers in the world to feature this technology.
Sunday: If you can’t make it out to Spruce Lake on Saturday (or even if you can and you want more, more, more!), head to Adventure Bound’s Demo Pond on Sunday. They’ll keep the party going with more paddling, more live music and more fun! Pack yourself a little picnic, bring your chair or blanket, and set up from 10am-3pm. Molly and the Lavender Kings are returning this year to provide their folk/bluegrass sound, and you can count on plenty of water activities and good conversation to go around. (AB’s Demo Pond is located just a couple miles outside of downtown Ellicottville. Travel Route 219 north past Tim Horton’s; you’ll see the pond on your left.)
Father’s Day Weekend 2017 will be a tough one to top. If your plans find you elsewhere, keep in mind that Adventure Bound is offering affordable weekend rentals at their new SUP/kayak concession at Spruce Lake. Every weekend. All summer. Click over to adventureboundonthefly.com for details including rates and advance reservations.