Pad­dle Ge­or­gia Street Party June 22 in Down­town Cal­houn to fea­ture mu­sic, food and Ca­noe Tug-O-Wars

Calhoun Times - - N - Staff Re­ports

On Wed­nes­day, June 22, Pad­dle Ge­or­gia is in­vad­ing down­town Cal­houn.

The in­va­sion will fea­ture a street party at the Cal­houn De­pot with mu­sic, food, ca­noe and kayak rides and ca­noe tug- o- wars. Fes­tiv­i­ties be­gin at 5: 30 p. m. The event is open to the pub­lic.

The party is part of Ge­or­gia River Net­work’s an­nual Pad­dle Ge­or­gia tak­ing place June 18- 24 on the Conasauga and Oostanaula rivers. More than 400 peo­ple are ex­pected for the 7day, 103- mile ca­noe and kayak ad­ven­ture that be­gins near Chatsworth and ends in down­town Rome.

Ca­noe tug- o- wars in a mas­sive por­ta­ble pool pro­vided by event spon­sor Cedar Creek Park & Out­door Cen­ter in Cave Spring will high­light the Cal­houn street party. In these events two ca­noes are tied end- to- end and three- per­son, co- ed teams try to pad­dle pull their op­po­nents across the pool.

A dou­ble- elim­i­na­tion tour­na­ment will de­ter­mine the tug cham­pi­ons. Reg­is­tra­tion for the tug- o- wars is $ 25 for each four- per­son team. Each team must in­clude at least one woman. All pro­ceeds will ben­e­fit New Echota Rivers Al­liance, a Cal­houn- based cit­i­zen group work­ing to pro­tect the Coo­sawat­tee, Conasauga and Oostanaula rivers.

To regis­ter visit http:// www. coosa. org/ events/ pad­dle- geor­gia2016- tug- o- wars- riv­erend- cel­e­bra­tion.

The event will also fea­ture food ven­dors, a DJ and danc­ing and ca­noe and kayak test rides in the Cedar Creek Park pool. Test rides be­gin at 5: 30 p. m.; tug- o- wars be­gin at 7 p. m.

The event is spon­sored by Ge­or­gia River Net­work, Coosa River Basin Initiative, New Echota Rivers Al­liance, the Gor­don County Cham­ber of Com­merce/ Con­ven­tion & Vis­i­tors Bureau and Cal­houn Down­town Devel­op­ment Au­thor­ity.

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The Har­ris Arts Cen­ter will host Art Camp from June 6 - 10 and Theater Camp from June 20 - 24. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 706-629-2599.

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The Pad­dle Ge­or­gia Street Party, to be held on June 22 in down­town Cal­houn, will fea­ture Ca­noe Tug-O-Wars.

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