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 www.CalusaBluewayPaddlingFestival.com.
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.