Published: Nov 03, 2013 10:16 AM EST

Sanibel Island, Fla.- The 8th annual Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival wraps up today with activities planned throughout Lee County, including paddling equipment demos, speakers, on-water demonstrations, fishing tournament, evening socials with dinner and entertainment, relay races and more.

A complete program of scheduled events is available online at

Proceeds from the festival benefit CROW, the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife and the Calusa Blueway Paddling Trail, the 190-mile trail along Lee County waters featuring leggy mangrove forests, more than 300 species of birds and sugar-sand beaches.

Events run until 5 p.m. today at Sanibel Causeway Island A.

Returning this year is the annual relay race for stand-up paddleboards, kayaks and canoes that will begin at noon on Sunday. Following this race, festival-goers can participate for free in the first-ever Doggy Paddle race. This race will allow participants to compete with their canines in a small relay and allow four-legged friends to be present when the Kayak Voyagers prize winner is announced.