Kitsap Peninsula National Water Trails Festival
WHAT: Communities on the Kitsap Peninsula celebrate having the only nationally designated saltwater trail in Washington. The event includes organized trips, demonstrations, games, food and entertainment.
WHEN: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. June 18 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 19.
WHERE: Events are headquartered at Silverdale Waterfront Park, Silverdale, but there will be paddle trips to Brownsville, Keyport and Poulsbo.
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JUNE 18 EVENTS: The list includes the 5-mile Ride the Ride raffle paddle, touch tanks, educational booths and food booths. The schedule also includes standup paddleboard races, kayak and paddleboard demonstrations, plus appearances by Kitsap Sailing and Rowing and Clam Island Rowing. There also will be a Native American welcoming ceremony, songs and dances, and an opportunity to tour a 65-foot ship from the U.S. Coast Guard.
JUNE 19 TRIPS: There will be paddle trips to Keyport, including one from Poulsbo, plus a paddle trip from the Mary Theler Wetlands in Belfair to Allyn.
THE TRAIL: The peninsula’s water trail became part of the National Water Trails System in 2014. There are 18 such trails across the United States. The trail covers the 371 miles of coastline on the peninsula.
Jeffrey P. Mayor, jeff. mayor@thenewstribune. com