Non-motorized water sports enthusiasts are expected to flock to Issaquah this spring for the 2012 Northwest Paddling Festival.
The event, which takes place May 12 at Lake Sammamish State Park, will feature industry vendors, product demonstrations, kayak tours and more.
The Issaquah Chamber of Commerce estimates the festival will draw more than 1,000 visitors.
“Outdoor recreation activities like kayaking fit perfectly with what Issaquah has to offer so we are thrilled to have this event in our city,” said Nathan Perea, membership and tourism support manager, in a release.
The festival is expected to bring thousands of dollars in economic impact to Issaquah.
“The Northwest Paddling Association members will deliver an event that will bring new visitors to Issaquah and overnight guests for our hotels,” said Philip Morris, general manager of the Motel 6 and co-chair for the Issaquah Tourism Committee, in a release. “The association has embraced local sponsorship and non profit participation and we look forward to hosting them.”
Locally-based Issaquah Paddle Sport/Kayak Academy helped recruit the festival to Issaquah. It was held in West Seattle last year.