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What began as a couple of kayakers creating tunes on the back deck after a long day on the river, has grown into Pickin’ & Paddlin’ 2017, the 8th season of a cult-classic community concert series to raise funds for Bend Paddle Trail Alliance (BPTA). Come enjoy live music and boat demos on the Deschutes River in the Old Mill, on Tumalo Creek’s back lawn. Demos from 4-7pm and concert from 5-9:30pm. Tickets are $5 (children 12 and under are free) and all proceeds go directly to BPTA.

Over the years, this fundraiser has been instrumental in building the Bend Whitewater Park, both financially and as a centerpiece to rally community toward the monumental task of transforming the Deschutes River. To celebrate the success of the Whitewater Park, the first annual Whitewater and Surf Festival will be held at the park, in tandem with Pickin’ & Paddlin’ on August 30th.

After creating and sponsoring Pickin’ & Paddlin’ from inception, Geoff Frank, owner/operator of Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe explains the intention and future of the Whitewater Festival saying, “The community wanted an event to bring all the different Whitewater Park enthusiasts together to celebrate its creation. So Tumalo Creek and The Bend Paddle Trail Alliance organized one. The festival incorporates components of surf and kayaking. Next year the event will be a part of the Subaru Outside Games!”

Sept. 27 Pickin’ & Paddlin’ Lineup
Pitchfork Revolution (Headliners)
Eric Leadbetter of Jive Coulis
Benji Nagel of Watkins Glen
Crystal Pizzola of Tone Red
Ticket details: http://tumalocreek.com/pickin-paddlin-2016/

Whitewater & Surf Festival Details
@ the Bend Whitewater Park, across the street from Tumalo Creek
12-5pm
Register at Tumalo Creek starting at 12:00pm

Sponsors:

Deschutes Brewery; Northline Wealth Management; Bend Radio Group; Skjersaa Group; Edward Jones; Bowerman Guitars; Desert Orthopedics; Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe

Ticket pre-sell: In order to manage capacity, pre-sale tickets are available through the Tumalo Creek website only. Bring your receipt and ID to get in. There will be a limited number of tickets available at the door on a first come first serve basis.

Sponsor Information: In the height of the summer Pickin’ & Paddlin’ draws hundreds of engaged members of our community who are invested in supporting local businesses and improving this beautiful place we call home. To learn more about sponsoring Pickin’ & Paddlin’ 2017, see attached PDF.

Remember: No dogs please and be mindful of limited parking. Help us reduce our impact on our neighbors by taking alternative transportation. There will be additional bike racks available for your convenience. Walking, biking or carpooling are suggested. Parking alternatives: from The Pavilion or Miller’s Landing and walk past the Bend Whitewater Park and under the new tunnel (also known as The Portal to Pickin’).

BPTA: Is a local non-profit with a mission to establish a navigable paddle trail within Deschutes County to enhance river and lake recreation opportunities while promoting water safety, education, and stewardship.