Paddle South is April 14th and 15th at the Columbus Ga Whitewater Park. The two day event will consist of the 2017 USA Freestyle Kayak National Championships, and a beer and barbeque festival. This is the perfect event for everyone to get outside and enjoy nature while experiencing some amazing food and the Omaha Brewery Craft Biergarten! Need more of a reason why? Read our top 6 reasons why you should not miss this unique weekend below.
The website: https://paddlesouthfest.com/
The event page: Paddle South
1. Freestyle Kayaking National Championships
The Freestyle Kayaking Nationals will be held on “The Good Wave”. People will have the chance of watching professional kayakers from all over the country fight for the national title on our Good Wave. On Friday evening, the 2017 USA Freestyle Kayak National Championships will begin at 4:00 p.m. and end around 8:00 p.m. Saturday morning, the competition will kick back off at 10:00 a.m. and last until 6:00 p.m.
2. Barbecue Competition
If you love barbeque, PaddleSouth is for you! With several southern barbeque vendors, you are guaranteed different flavors that will satisfy your taste buds. On Saturday at 4:00 p.m. the barbeque and beer festival will open its gates at the Eagle & Phenix water tower. Entrance into the festival is $5 and all food and drinks are for purchase.
3. Omaha Brewing Biergarten
Beer lovers rejoice at PaddleSouth when they enter the Omaha Brewing Biergarten. Enjoy a spectacular view of the Chattahoochee River while enjoying liquid from Columbus’ closest craft brewery. Bringing multiple craft beers, this section of the festival will be packed.
No festival is complete without music and PaddleSouth has got the music covered! Caleb Gambel has a voice like butter and Big Saxxy was born to amaze with his top notch saxophone talent. Sticking with the southern, down-by-the-river theme, festival goers will get down to Blackberry Possum, a local bluegrass band.
For a truly awesome experience, camping is offered. Become one with nature-hood while camping out at PaddleSouth. Camping for participants is available within walking distance to downtown & event venue. Please send your request to Becca@UptownColumbusGA.com or call 706.596.0111.
6. Escape The Ordinary In Columbus, Ga
Columbus is the place for everyone to escape the ordinary. Experience true southern hospitality, adventurous days and exciting nights . Adventure isn’t the only thing Columbus has to offer. If you are a family seeking history and education on their trip, Columbus has Nationally recognized, free museums; The National Civil War and Naval Museum, and recently voted the number one free museum from USA Today, The National Infantry Museum. Columbus is where Coca-Cola was founded. Visitors can stop and see the creator's house, and visit the Coca-Cola Space and Science center where visitors learn about space, and partake in simulations.
If adventure is what your family is seeking, look no further than Columbus. Columbus has the World’s longest urban whitewater course, Columbus Ga Whitewater. Columbus GA Whitewater was voted a “Top 12 Man-Made Adventure” in the World by USA Today. The rapids range from Class I to Class V, open to ages 7+. Accompanying the whitewater course is a 1,200 ft. long zip line with an in-air obstacle and ropes course at the end. The zip line is the only one in the country that connects two states! Visitors can walk or bike along our 25-mile RiverWalk that connects it all!
Escape the ordinary vacation, and give Columbus, Georgia a try during Paddle South, April 14th and 15th.