Among the 200 exhibitors at last week’s Louisville Boat, RV and Sportshow, was Canoe Kentucky of Frankfort. Owner Nathan Depenbrock says they’ve been coming for several years, and operated the popular “PaddleFest Pool.” He says the goal is to expose more people to the sport of kayaking. There are kids who come out and participate every year, as well as first-timers, who his kids help instruct. He’ll also conduct daily seminars at the Lexington Boat Show, later this month.
Depenbrock says with their new store at Main and St. Clair streets, they plan a series of educational programs every Tuesday evening, beginning this month and running all season. “One time it may be primitive fire-starting, geo-caching, disc golf, hiking one of the beautiful parks we have in the area, or a paddle trip in the summer.” The programs are free for the whole family, by bringing in canned goods, to be donated to be donated to the soup kitchen.
His goal: “To re-brand our business as the outdoor place in Frankfort.”
Watch for Canoe Kentucky at the upcoming National Paddling Film Festival to held in Frankfort on February 19th & 20th, 2016.
For 34 years the National Paddling Film Festival has been hosting a competition to determine the best in paddle sport videos and images.
This competition has provided the paddling community with a fun and profitable event to support American Whitewater and river conservation. In that time, the NPFF has also helped to raise the quality of paddle sport entertainment by providing recognition of talent along with important and useful feedback for the artists who make the show a possibility.