It’s that time of year again! This weekend, Nantahala Outdoor Center will host their annual Guest Appreciation Festival featuring tons of fun activities, great deals on new and used gear, arts and crafts, lots of great bands and of course, the gear swap.
If you have never been to GAF, as it is affectionately called, you are in for a treat! Nowhere will you find an outdoor gear sale like this! You can find amazing deals on this year’s outdoor gear and apparel at the Outfitter’s store. Or, you can stroll on over to the Used Gear Marketplace which is like a yard sale – but with kayaks, backpacks, camping equipment and outdoor clothing. Got gear you want to trade for something else? Bring it on over to the Gear Swap area and see what you can exchange it for! And that’s just the shopping – there are tons of fun activities going on throughout the weekend, as well.
On Saturday and Sunday, the National Whitewater Slalom Kayaking Championship Races and Junior National Team Trials will be taking place at Nantahala Falls. There will also be a Boatercross Race that is open to anyone who wants to register and there will be a release of the Cascades for the serious boaters in search of a great run. If you prefer things a bit more relaxed, there will be live music, great food and even storytelling. And, of course, a bounce-house for the kids!
The fun starts on Saturday morning at 10a.m. For more information about NOC’s Guest Appreciation Festival and for a schedule of events, click here.