Aurora hosts Illinois Paddlesports Festival June 9-10

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AURORA, Ill. — The Illinois Paddling Council (IPC) has announced it will sponsor the fourth annual “Illinois Paddlesports Festival” the second weekend in June.

The mission of the Illinois Paddlesports Festival is to introduce the general public to the variety of human-powered boats, Illinois’ paddling clubs, locally produced paddlesport films and the local paddlesport retailers.

The Illinois Paddlesport Festival will be June 9-10 in Aurora’s Phillips Park. The park’s man-made “Mastodon Lake” provides a clean, safe place to try out canoes and kayaks, or take a class on how to paddle, while the expansive lawn adjacent to the lake will fill with paddle craft and outdoor sports dealers, paddling club displays, exhibits and demonstrations.

This weekend of paddling activities is designed to attract novices, the merely curious and experienced paddlers alike.

The Illinois Paddlesports Festival will offer free two-hour introductory lessons in canoeing and kayaking taught by American Canoe Association certified instructors.

Visitors can also test-paddle the latest boat designs from well-known canoe and kayak manufacturers.

The Illinois Paddlesports Festival will feature Illinois paddling club booths as well as exhibits by statewide and local river and nature conservation organizations.

In addition to the Paddlesports Festival, the City of Aurora is sponsoring an “Art In the Park” Festival adjacent to the Paddlesports Festival on both afternoons of the weekend. Meet local artists and art groups, enjoy the music and food and the free wine- and cheese-tasting offered by the Fox Valley Winery at “Art in the Park.”

Find out more about the festival at

Founded in 1963, the Illinois Paddling Council is dedicated to promoting the safe enjoyment of canoeing and kayaking in Illinois. For more information, visit

Established in 1899, Phillips Park is the crown jewel of Aurora’s parks and the flagship park for the city and its visitors. The Park includes a zoo, golf course, aquatic center, formal gardens and a visitor center displaying prehistoric mastodon bones that were found on the site. For more information, visit

Posted June 6, 2012

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