Paddle Williamstown set for Aug. 24

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By Jamie Baker-Nantz

Kayaks or canoes will take over Lake Williamstown on Saturday, Aug. 24 when Paddle Williamstown returns.
Williamstown Lake will host the third Paddle Williamstown from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  

All power boat/jet ski traffic will be restricted during this time.
Williamstown Mayor Rick Skinner was pleased with the first two events and hopes to show off the lake to even more participants this year.

“The event was so much fun and it was great to see people out enjoying the lake,” he said.
The inaugural year about 150 attended. Last year those numbers doubled.

This year’s event will actually encompass two days of activities with a free concert at 8 p.m. on Aug. 23 at the Williamstown Marina featuring Late Nighters.  The concert is sponsored by Grant County Parks and Recreation and Grant County Tourism.

Returning from previous years is a poker paddle for $10 per hand with a maximum of four hands per person. Money raised from the poker paddle will be donated to the cancer care center at St. Elizabeth Medical Center – Grant County.

Other returning events include the mayor’s paddle with brunch on the water and a scavenger hunt for 17 and under.
For more details and contest rules and entry information, go to www.wtownky.org.

All participants must be registered. All activities are open to registered paddlers.

Canoes can be rented for $20 and kayaks can be rented for $15. In order to rent a canoe or kayak, anyone interested must register and pay prior to midnight on Aug. 12 on the city’s web site at www.wtownky.org. Kayaks and canoes can only be rented with advanced registration on a first come, first served basis.

Boats will be launched from the Williamstown Marina where a registration booth will be located. Participants can register on Aug. 24 but no rentals will be available that day.
Three water taxis will be operating to transport volunteers and participants around the lake. Free water and snacks will also be provided at various docks around the lake.

“We’ve got a hidden gem to the paddling world and we want to show it off,” said Skinner.

Volunteers for the event are still needed to work dock stops, for the poker paddle, as well as assisting with loading and unloading kayaks and canoes. To volunteer, call Skinner at 824-6351.
For more information about Paddle Williamstown, call Dale Caskey at 859-824-3633.