Weekend Pick: Mulberry Fork Canoe and Kayak Races

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The month of March may very well blend the best of both worlds for boaters. High river levels leftover from all those wet winter days, plus warmer spring temperatures? Yes, please. Experience this ideal combo for yourself at the Mulberry Fork Canoe and Kayak Races in Garden City, Ala., on March 7 and 8.

The Mulberry Races make up the second leg in the Alabama Cup Series. The Series, which features three races throughout the winter and spring, gives boaters of all levels the chance to compete in a safe and friendly atmosphere. For this segment, canoers and kayakers alike will gather at the Mulberry Fork of the Black Warrior River for a weekend celebration of paddling skills, local rivers, and the paddling community at large.

The races begin on Saturday morning with each of the three main events: Slalom, Downriver, and Boatercross. Sunday then focuses on Cruising and Novice Slalom competitions. The Slalom course includes sections of class II/III whitewater, through 25 gates and over about 100 yards. Over both days, paddlers and spectators can enjoy raffles, auctions, music, food, educational presentations, and an awards ceremony after the final race.Alabama Cup

All competitors are required to wear PFDs and helmets, and to register with the Alabama Cup Racing Association before hitting the water. Entrance fees are only $3 per person per day, and camping just $5 per night!

At such low prices and in great hands, Mulberry Fork Canoe and Kayak Races offers an amazing opportunity to sneak in some whitewater fun this weekend. Come join this gang of Southern boaters to enjoy this beautiful time of year on the river!

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