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Old 03-09-2010   #1
 
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The Black Canyon of the Bear Whitewater Festival!

Hey Everyone! The University of Utah, and Utah State University Whitewater Clubs would like to invite you to the first annual Black Canyon of the Bear Whitewater Festival! Held on April 18, 2010 near Grace, Idaho, the festival will be in association with the American Whitewater Association and in cooperation with PacifiCorp power company. This event will be the first festival of it's kind held in this part of "The Whitewater State", and will also be the premier paddling event of the 2010 season in all of the Mountain West! The event will include a down river event held at the infamous "Booboo" rapid. Food and beer/beverage will be included with every raffle ticket purchase, along with a drawing for gear from our sponsors. We will top off the event with an awards ceremony for our down river competitors, and a live music performance by The Archers Apple!

Eastern Idaho is one of the last major paddling communities in the mountain-west to host a whitewater event of this magnitude. For being called the "Whitewater State", it's about time they live up to it. As You may know, in the last few years the AWA has been working with PacifiCorp to open up the flows for scheduled releases on the Black Canyon of the Bear River. On these release dates this otherwise trickle of water becomes an incredible Class IV/V stretch of river. You can learn more at American Whitewater - Bear River Volunteer Recognition and New Releases! or Black Canyon of the Bear. Paddlers come from miles and even states away to partake of this newly reborn gem.

The Festival will be a great way to kick off the season. However, while enjoying our chance to paddle such an incredible stretch of river, we wanted to help some people in need as well. This past fall I had the pleasure of visiting the students of Anupam Vidya School in Nepal. There are more than 350 kids between the ages of 6-18. It was a trip I'll never forget, and a place I plan to visit again soon. Upon meeting the students and visiting the school, I quickly realized that although these children are privileged to attend school at all in a place like Nepal, they are in need of some serious help. The proceeds from the festival, the race entrance fees, and the raffle, will go to help current students unable to afford the cost of private education (that is nearly all that exists in Nepal), and give potential students the financial aid to make their dreams of education a reality. Learn more at Anupam Vidhya Sadan (AVS) : An English Medium Secondary Boardning School.

Now we understand that not everyone kayaks, and that even some that do, prefer not to on Sunday. To this we say, "great!" On this day we will still need the support of our friends and family to help the kids at AVS! Come for the food, the music, and the fun, knowing that you'll be helping those less fortunate than yourself!

Keep visiting the blog, blackcanyonbearwhitewaterfest.blogspot.com, to get more details on times, cost of the raffle, the competition, camp spots, and other general information! If you're interested in helping, we'll need it, so let me know!

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Beautiful
! Glad club money is going to something invaluable other than a statue sitting in the middle of the river. Hmm hmm
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Beautiful
! Glad club money is going to something invaluable other than a statue sitting in the middle of the river. Hmm hmm
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is there anything around there to run on the saturday before the festival?
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Is the Bear flowing on Saturday as well?

Anyone know if this is a one release deal? More info would be appreciated. Other ideas for nearby runs, as well.
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Eastern Idaho is one of the last major paddling communities in the mountain-west to host a whitewater event of this magnitude. For being called the "Whitewater State", it's about time they live up to it.
Whitewater this, ha!!!! Why you Utarded buzzards coming to Idaho, hah!!

I don't want to talk to you no more, you empty headed animal food trough wiper. I fart in your general direction. Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries.


But other than that, sounds like a great event. Hope it goes off well.
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This event is going to be off the hook. The raffle includes prizes from IR, Big Water Raft Co, Rendezvous River Sports, Canyon Sports, and more. This is on the first release of the season, the release schedule this season is: April 18th, may 23rd, July 11th.
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The event was awesome! We had a Huck off at Grace Falls, won by Andy Thunnell doing an Airscrew off the rooster tail. There were 87 kayakers in the canyon Sunday, and Three rafters in one of Big Water Raft Co's 9.5' boat. The party after included The Archer's Apple, a band from Utah, and a great raffle with all sorts of prizes. It was a great event, and we raised almost $2000 for kid's tuition in Nepal. Great stuff, and great boating. Here is a link to a bunch of pictures from the river: Picasa Web Albums - 11133683970708903... - Black Canyon ...
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