LOVES PARK, Ill. — Paddle and Trail will be the host of the PaddleFest Pavilion at the Chicago Boat, Sports & RV Show, Jan. 12-16, at McCormick Place in Chicago.
The PaddleFest Pavilion is a brand-new feature at the show, and will be the place to get the first look at the 2012 paddlesport products. From kayak fishing to Stand Up Paddleboards, experts will be on hand to demonstrate why these healthy outdoor activities have become the fastest-growing segment of paddlesport products.
Free on-water boat demonstrations are offered throughout the show in the pool, where people can see the boats in action and try one out for free.
Off-water seminars are planned that will feature adventure travel, micro adventures, camping from your kayak, and how to fish from a kayak by the Illinois Smallmouth Alliance.
Manufacturers that have announced they will showcase their new 2012 products at the PaddleFest Pavilion include Confluence Watersports, Johnson Outdoors, Jackson Kayak, Hobie Cat, Dagger, Mad River, Perception, Wilderness Systems, BIC SUP, Hovie SUP, Sylvan Sport GO and Space Trailers.
Paddle and Trail is an outdoor outfitter and retailer with store locations in Aurora, Ill., Loves Park, Ill., and Beloit, Wis. They offer the largest selection of paddlesport products in Illinois. For more about the PaddleFest Pavilion, call Paddle and Trail at (855) 752-9688 or visit paddleandtrail.com.
The Chicago Boat, Sports & RV Show website is www.chicagoboatshow.com.
PaddleFest Pavilion schedule
Thursday, Jan. 12
4 p.m. — What’s New in Kayaking for 2012, presented by Paddle and Trail’s Walter Loos.
6 p.m. — Kayak Fishing, presented professional kayak angler Drew Gregory featuring the Cuda and Coosa fishing kayaks from Jackson Kayak.
Friday, Jan. 13
1 p.m. — Paddlesports Demo Time, presented by Paddle and Trail.
3 p.m. — Stand Up Paddling — Introducing the Hottest New Paddlesport, presented by Linda Brown from Hovie SUP.
6 p.m. — Kayak Fishing, presented by professional kayak angler Drew Gregory featuring the Cuda and Coosa fishing kayaks from Jackson Kayak.
Saturday, Jan. 14
1 p.m. — Multisport Kayaks, presented by Hobie Cat’s Culley Traweek.
3 p.m. — SUP Yoga, presented by Hovie SUP’s Linda Brown.
6:30 p.m. — Finding the Right Boat For You, presented by Confluence Watersports’s Kurt Whitney.
Sunday, Jan. 15
1 p.m. — Introducing SUP Fitness, presented by Hovie SUP’s Linda Brown.
3 p.m. — Kayak Fishing, presented by Native Watercraft.
5 p.m. — Paddlesports Demo Time, presented by Paddle and Trail.
Monday, Jan. 16
1 p.m. — Kayak Fishing, presented by Native Watercraft.
3 p.m. — What’s New in Kayaking for 2012, presented by Paddle and Trail’s Walter Loos.
From the Jan. 11-17, 2012, issue