The Ledyard Canoe Club's Riverfest is coming! Over April 20-22, there will be multiple events that celebrate the history of the club and its namesake, adventurer John Ledyard, as well as take advantage of the bounty of river resources in the Upper Valley.
Riverfest weekend will kick off on Friday, April 20 with a talk by James Zug ’91, author of The Life and Adventures of John Ledyard, the Man who Dreamed of Walking the World. Zug, whose work has been featured in The Daily Beast and Vanity Fair, will discuss John Ledyard, the “original American explorer,” who Thomas Jefferson called a “man of genius” and was the first American to see Alaska, Hawaii and the Pacific Northwest. The Friday events will also feature a display of historical artifacts and documents from the Rauner Archives regarding the club, which will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2020. These events will be followed by Conservation on Tap, including the premier screening of a new conservation-oriented film by the acclaimed filmmaker Ben Masters.
On Saturday, April 21, the Mascoma Slalom race will be run. Founded in 1963, the Mascoma Slalom is the oldest consecutively run slalom race in the country. Dartmouth College's Ledyard Canoe Club hangs temporary gates on the Mascoma and lays out the course. The event draws a wide variety of competitors from nationally ranked slalom boaters to creek boaters just trying to get through a couple gates! The Mascoma is class II-III, depending on levels.Spectators may just come and watch an amazing competition. Registration is required. Register here.
On Sunday, April 22, don't miss the Wells River Rumble, an action-packed class IV+ creek race featuring over 40 boaters from the northeast. The mighty Wells River is a tributary of the Connecticut River in northern Vermont. It is a small class IV creek, featuring six named drops, and dropping 86 feet over 1 mile. The Wells River Rumble is a mass-start, downriver race that has been taking place on the Wells for many years now. This race is now contested in two stages: first, a mass-start race down the entire length of the river, which is used to determine the seeding for the heats. The second stage is a boater-cross stage race that makes for even more exciting head-to-head action.This is a great event for if you’d like to compete or just come to cheer and watch the carnage! Free and open to the public. Registration is required to race. Register here.
Below is a listing of all Riverfest events.
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