As kids go back to school and summer comes to a close, the paddlers of Michigan are not going to give up just yet. On September 7 and 8 at Aloha State Park in Cheboygan, MI, Green Veil Outdoor and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources have invited paddlers of all kinds (SUP, kayak, canoe) and skill sets to enjoy a weekend of Michigan-centric festivities benefitting the Top of Michigan Trails Council. On Saturday, paddlers are invited to participate in “Paddlerama”, where participants can enjoy sprints, SUP jousts, SUP yoga, demos, races, and water safety programs on Mullett Lake at the beach of Aloha State Park. Stand-up paddleboards (SUP), kayaks, and canoes are all more than welcome.
Mitten lovers of all kinds (even the non-paddlers) are welcome to join the festivities on Saturday where bands and brews will be plenty. The lineup includes:
The Crane Wives (Grand Rapids, MI)
Whiskey Shivers (Austin, TX)
The Understorey (Ann Arbor, MI)
Dan Henig (Ann Arbor, MI)
Chris Sterr (Traverse City, MI)
To accompany this awesome lineup of fantastic Mitten-thusiasts are various breweries, including:
Now that we’re all trying to figure out if this can fit into our first weekend in September schedules, Shawn Riley, festival organizer from Green Veil Outdoor, explains, “Promoting a healthy, active lifestyle while giving to charities that preserve our natural resources is a top priority of Green Veil. People are really excited. Stand up paddleboarding is still a relatively new sport, especially in the Midwest. All other events in the state are races, while this is intended to be inclusive for all skill levels and other paddle sports. Adding Michigan bands and Michigan breweries has really caught some attention – and our friends in northern Michigan don’t get the attention they deserve for festivals.”
Lovers of the water, music, and beer can’t possibly still be skeptical, but Riley goes on to explain how wonderfully inclusive the paddling community is in the Mitten. Riley says, “The paddling community is growing rapidly but many of us have met each other. We have many great ambassadors who offer friendly coaching tips, while others like Bob Pratt at Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project are there to keep our community educated on water safety.”
Are you ready to join the ranks of many other Michigan enthusiasts and paddlers alike? Find out more about Tip of the Mitt on Facebook, and tickets are on sale and are available at www.greenveiloutdoor.com.