FRANKLIN — The East's First Annual Dual Snow Kayak Race will be held on Saturday, March 4, at the Veterans Memorial Recreation Ski Area at 361 Flaghole Road. The day-long festivities begin at 10 a.m. and run until 10 p.m.

Activities include the active participation in the sport of downhill kayaking, optional dual racing, or just enjoying the event as a spectator. Day- and evening-long entertainment will feature race events and prizes, live music, silent auction, raffles, kayak vendors, concession sales in the VMRSA Lodge, and more.

"The Franklin Outing Club Winter Carnival is excited to be adding such a unique sporting event to celebrate its 55th Winter Carnival," said Kathy Fuller, Franklin Outing Club board member. "We enjoy attracting new families to the Veterans Memorial Recreation Ski Area and this first annual event is the perfect way to see many new smiling faces adorning the mountain."

"Those involved with the creation of Trestle View Park understood the interaction between whitewater kayakers and the City of Franklin," added Marty Parichand of the Mill City Park at Franklin Falls. "This Winter Kayaking Event is the next step in that relationship. The event will be a fun and music-filled afternoon for all to enjoy with the benefits supporting the Franklin Outing Club and Mill City Park. This kayak sledding experience is the only one of its kind on the East Coast, which will surely have people of all ages attracted to Franklin's Veteran Memorial Recreational Ski Area."

Admission prices are: $5 general entrance fee, $20 for admission and snow kayaking from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., before the official races begin, and $25 to enter dual races, starting at 3 p.m. For insurance purposes, kayakers under 18 years must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times and all kayakers will wear helmets and sign a release of liability agreement.

The event proceeds will benefit the Franklin Outing Club and the Mill City Park at Franklin Falls non-profit organizations. To become an event sponsor, e-mail timothymorrill13@gmail.com.

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