Pad­dle­fest sees record turnout

Times-Record - - FRONT PAGE - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com

GREENSBORO — The eighth an­nual Pad­dle­fest on the Chop­tank saw another record crowd Sun­day, June 11, with more than 300 pad­dlers trav­el­ing from Greensboro to Den­ton.

Se­vere weather in May forced the Caro­line County Cham­ber of Com­merce, the event host, to post­pone Pad­dle­fest to June, but the change in the date did not keep vis­i­tors and lo­cal res­i­dents from en­joy­ing a day on the wa­ter.

“We are re­ally proud that even though the last two years have been de­layed by weather, we have had large crowds for Pad­dle­fest,” said in­terim Caro­line Cham­ber Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Amy Kreiner. “It is a great chance to dis­cover what Caro­line County has to of­fer from nat­u­ral re­sources to our busi­nesses. The com­mu­nity has given us a lot of sup­port over the years.

“We ap­pre­ci­ate ev­ery­thing they have done to help us build this event,” she said. “We had a lot of great spon­sors that help us put on the event. A lot of them of­fered prizes for the pad­dlers. We are happy to see Pad­delfest con­tinue to grow.”

Pad­dlers be­gan at the Greensboro boat ramp along East Sun­set Av­enue. The course was 7.7-mile pad­dle down the Chop­tank, and ended at the Chop­tank River Yacht Club for fes­ti­val with mu­sic, food and re­fresh­ments. Along the trip,

pad­dlers par­tic­i­pated in the Poker Pad­dle for a chance to win prizes.

The top three prizes in­cluded an Ap­ple Watch do­nated by Prov­i­dent State Bank; one-night stay at Turn­bridge Point Bed and Break­fast in Den­ton; a one-per­son kayak and pad­dle do­nated by Den­ton Wal­mart; and a Kobayashi Maru char­tered boat ride and a $50 Sui­cide Bridge Restau­rant gift card do­nated by KBM Nav­i­ga­tions and Bay Cap­i­tal Mort­gage.

Other prizes also were do­nated by spon­sors Hollingsworth-Rid­dle­berger Na­tion­wide In­sur­ance, Ad­kins Ar­bore­tum, Brent Fuchs, Her­itage Fi­nan­cial, Tuck­a­hoe Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity; Ac­count­ing Strate­gies Group Inc., Caro­line County Com­mis­sion­ers, Univer­sity of Mary­land Shore Re­gional Health, Hutchins Fam­ily Com­pa­nies, R and M Per­for­mance, CBIZ, Shore United Bank, Whit­ten In­sur­ance, Caro­line County Recre­ation and Park, Mid-At­lantic Farm Credit, Com­cast Spot­light, Dart Con­tainer Corp., Bene­dic­tine Graph­ics, Hu­ber In­sur­ance and Wil­bur Le­ven­good.

The other spon­sors in­cluded Pre­ston Au­to­mo­tive Group, Tow­ers Con­crete, Sparkle Pools, Med­i­fast, Tri Gas and Oil, Chop­tank Elec­tric, PNC Bank, Gray’s Gas, Town of Ridgely, Win Trans­port, Bene­dic­tine Adult Ser­vices, MTS Broad­cast­ing, 106.3 The Heat, 100.9, Ra­dio 1240 and 107.1.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Caro­line County Cham­ber of Com­merce, visit www. car­o­linecham­ber.org.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Travis Aion cools off in the Chop­tank River dur­ing Pad­dle­fest on the Chop­tank Sun­day, June 11.

PHO­TOS BY DUSTIN HOLT

A dog gets a ride Sun­day, June 11, dur­ing Pad­dle­fest on the Chop­tank.

A young­ster takes a trip on the Chop­tank River in Greensboro dur­ing the eighth an­nual Pad­dle­fest on the Chop­tank Sun­day, June 11.

More than 300 pad­dlers took to the Chop­tank River in Greensboro for the eighth an­nual Pad­dle­fest on the Chop­tank on Sun­day, June 11.

More than 300 pad­dlers took to the Chop­tank River in Greensboro for the eighth an­nual Pad­dle­fest on the Chop­tank on Sun­day, June 11.

More than 300 pad­dlers took to the Chop­tank River in Greensboro for the eighth an­nual Pad­dle­fest on the Chop­tank on Sun­day, June 11.

More than 300 pad­dlers took to the Chop­tank River in Greensboro for the eighth an­nual Pad­dle­fest on the Chop­tank on Sun­day, June 11.

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