Last updated: May 04. 2014 5:48PM - 1199 Views
By Tanya Chilton tchilton@civitasmedia.com

Pedro enjoys himself last year during one of the Tour de Yadkin River events that featured pets and owners canoeing together on the water.
Pedro enjoys himself last year during one of the Tour de Yadkin River events that featured pets and owners canoeing together on the water.
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Elkin and surrounding communities will soon be host to many events designed to enjoy the beauty of the Yadkin River, natural trails and bluegrass and old-time music that reflects the heritage of the area.

On Saturday, the Paddle to Elkin Valley Fiddlers by the River will be held where paddlers may paddle the Yadkin River and later attend the Elkin Valley Fiddlers by the River concert held at Elkin Municipal Park. Next, they are invited to attend a free all-day old-time music festival. The festival will feature internationally known Kruger Brothers, as the headliner band.

Crater Park will be the meeting place of paddlers beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday and a shuttle will take those participating to Ronda where the paddle begins at 10 a.m. The event will last about three hours. Organizers said registration by Thursday will help planning for the number of boats needed. A kayak or canoe may be reserved upon registration.

The event fees are shuttle and insurance costing $15 (bring one’s own boat); kayak rental which includes shuttle and insurance for $45; or canoe rental which includes shuttle and insurance for two for $60.

Judi Rossabi is the community outreach & program administrator for the Yadkin RiverKeeper and may be reached 336-722-4949, judi@yadkinriverkeeper.org. For more information, one may visit http://yadkinriverkeeper.org/.

Elkin Valley Trails Association (EVTA) board member, Susan Rose, who works as a liaison with Yadkin RiverKeeper organizers in support of local events, highlighted other upcoming Elkin paddling event favorites that will be part of the 2014 Tour de Yadkin set to begin on June 6-28.

Rose’s favorites include the Women on the Water scheduled on June 12; Nights in the Village of Elkin June 13-14; and the Father’s Day Paddle on June 15.

At this year’s tour, several restaurants and wineries will be participating in the events. On June 14, a paddling portion beginning at Crater Park in Elkin will include a shuttle to and from Carolina Heritage Vineyards where there will be a winetasting and bluegrass music. Water will be furnished for participants, said Rose.

Rose said the Yadkin River events are an opportunity to enjoy the beauty of Elkin, relax, meet people or just enjoy being on the Yadkin River. She said the trails and water is surrounded with natural flora and beauty to enjoy.

While participating in an event last year, Rose said she saw King Fishers and Blue Herons.

The EVTA board member added that paddling events promote an awareness of how precious water really is for use for daily life and recreation. People sometimes forget the serenity that is felt while being in the water, said Rose.

She emphasized that her life benefited after starting the hobby. “You forget about everything else,” said Rose.

Elkin student volunteers, local scout troops and environmental clubs are all active participants in the Elkin Valley Trails and Yadkin River events.

The 2014 Tour de Yadkin will include daily events that include kayaking, canoeing, paddling, fishing, swimming, camping and hiking. A calendar of daily events, that includes starting river locations, camping and local festivities, may be found at yadkinriverkeeper.org. One event involves canoeing or paddling with pets on the river.

The 2014 Tour de Yadkin is sponsored by Recreational Equipment Inc., (REI), an American retail corporation that sells outdoor recreation gear, sporting goods, and clothing.

Tanya Chilton may be reached at 336-835-1513 or on Twitter @TanyaTDC.

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