The Milton Theatre is going with the flow of years past and continuing with its annual Canoe & Kayak Race up the Mispillion River this Saturday, Aug. 27. It happens to be on the same day as Milton’s Bargains on the Broadkill festival.
The Milton Theatre is going with the flow of years past and continuing with its annual Canoe & Kayak Race up the Mispillion River. It happens to be on the same day as Milton’s Bargains on the Broadkill festival. Here are the details of the day.
1 On the water
Paddlers will hit the water for the 12th Annual Canoe and Kayak Race at 10 a.m., with registration starting at 8:30 at Oyster Rocks Road. If they’re smart they’ll have someone drop them off or carpool, because there isn’t a lot of parking at the start site. They’ll then head up the Mispillion River 10 miles, and finish at Milton Memorial Park.
Both amateurs and pros are welcome, and can compete solo or tandem.
2 On the trip
Don’t have a kayak? Don’t worry. Quest Fitness and Kayak will be renting them out for $20 to $30 as long as paddlers make arrangements ahead of time.
Matt Carter of Quest said the scenic trip will give paddlers a view of the salt marsh, the woods and historic Milton. He said it’s a good paddle for all abilities.
“It’s a very doable distance whether you’re a beginner and just a father-son team as something fun, just to do, or if you want to be competitive,” he said.
At the end of the race, Quest will shuttle paddlers back to the starting point to get their cars.
3 On shore
The race ends at Milton Memorial Park, where the Bargains on the Broadkill festival will be in full swing. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., artists, crafters and food vendors will be on hand for snacks and shoppers can find unique items to take home. The Lions Club also will offer train rides and the festival ends with The Great Duck Race, with cash prizes for the first 25 ducks to cross the finish line.
For more information, call the Chamber of Commerce at 684-1101.
WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND
The annual race benefits the Milton Theatre, which is closed – for now. The board is in ongoing negotiations for funding, and hopes to re-open as soon as possible. In the meantime, its board continues to host cultural and arts events, such as its annual summer theatre camps, at other venues.
“We have nothing in place yet, just the idea that we gotta keep going and stay visible,” said Maryellen Davis, interim president.