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We are less than a month away from the Big Demo Day June 10th, so we thought we'd lay out a little 411 on the event. It's a busy day and filled with fun and we want to set you up for success when it comes to accomplishing your goal. Most folks come to the Demo Day with a handful of kayaks, canoes, or SUPs on their mind to try. Some folks show up to get their first real taste of kayaking, etc. Some folks show up just to enjoy the outdoors. We welcome you all.
The following is an attempt to smooth out any questions you may have about how the event goes down and offer a few tips to help you out while you're here.

The Big Demo Day is out at Wilck's Lake in Farmville off of  W. Third St.

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The Farmville storefront location at 614 N Main St. will be in open and ready to load all the new toys you buy on Demo Day. Plus Yakima and Thule, etc will be on hand to rack you up in the parking lot with new roof top carriers.

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The 411

When you show up to the island, you'll be directed where to park.

Walk up to the Check-In tent and fill out your Waiver Form,  or Print it out at home here : Waiver Form and bring it with you. After the Waiver you'll be given a wrist band to wear.

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 Next you can pick up a PFD under the pavilion, if you have not brought your own with you.

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From there the island is your oyster. Slurp from that briny goodness. Sorry, wait, the island is actually surrounded by freshwater and is frequented by geese, no oysters, do not slurp the water.
But there will be hundreds of kayaks, canoes, SUPs, paddles, etc.
This is the perfect time to try out all those models you've debated buying all spring.

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 Helpful Tips and Hints:

If you are an experienced paddler and have your own gear (i.e. paddle and PFD) you will be able to move past the PFD pickup spot and get right to the Demo stations.

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Wear clothing appropriate to the day. You will be getting in and out of paddle craft so wear the right footwear, some clothes that can get wet, etc. If it's raining bring that parka, and if the sun is blasting, pack the sunscreen.

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If you plan on taking some kayaks home but do not have a rack on your car, fear not. Thule, Yakima and Malone will be on hand at our Farmville storefront to rack up your ride.

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The Farmville storefront can get a little hectic on Demo Day Saturday, so please bear with us when you come to pick up the kayak you purchased on the island. Look for a bright neon ARC Staff shirt and let them know you're looking to pick up your paddlecraft. Have your receipt ready.

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There will be a big contingent of industry pros, athletes, etc  from all brands represented, on the island. It is a unique opportunity to ask questions and get answers from the paddlers who use this gear everyday.

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More to come....

Places to eat and visit while you are in town:

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201B Mill Street

Farmville, VA 23901

Charley's Waterfront Cafe overlooks the Appomattox River in downtown Farmville and is located in a historic tobacco warehouse. Charley's offers family dining, private banquet rooms, a deck overlooking the river and a tavern. Live music is featured every Friday and Saturday night. A brunch buffet is served on Sundays.

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5169 Farmville Road
Farmville, VA 23901
Here at The Fishin’ Pig, we have the finest from land and sea: savory, smoked meats and flavorful, fresh seafood! Founded by Matt Hurley, Nash Osborn, Shorty Osborn, and Jim Osborn, The Fishin’ Pig is a southern culinary combination that will delight all the senses!
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The Virginia Tasting Cellar

201 C MILL ST

FARMVILLE, VA, 23901

 

The Virginia Tasting Cellar is located in pre-civil war, river side mule stables that have been lovingly remodeled. The 15 foot brick arched entry leads into the main communal table space which is flanked by four tasting “wine stables”.   Each stable offers a tasting counter featuring wines from vineyards from all over Virginia.

The riverside patio lounge features: two fireplaces, porch swings, rockers and couches, and table seating for 50+ guests. The patio is a relaxing and picturesque spot to discover new tastes and enjoy your favorite Virginia wines.

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La Parota

1503 S Main St

Farmville, VA 23901

 

A local favorite for Mexican food and margaritas all in a casual atmosphere with a friendly staff.
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236 North Main Street
Farmville, VA 23901
A gathering place for everyone to enjoy! Stop by and enjoy coffee, tea, live music, soups, salad, sandwiches, ice cream and much more!
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Walker's Diner
309 North Main Street
Farmville, VA 23901
Walker's Diner has been serving great food, fast, in the Farmville Community since the 1950's. Serving a variety of breakfast items, ranging from pancakes to wraps, to platters and sandwiches. Stop in for  fresh hand pattied burgers and homemade house specialities. Still hungry? Walker's Diner has jumbo cookies and a daily dessert special. We proudly serve real rich and creamy ice cream, featuring flavorburst combinations. Enjoy a cone, sundae or thick milkshake.  No one is a stranger as you dine in the one-of-a-kind 15 stool diner.
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