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Wednesday, 30 July 2014 00:00

Outdoor activities for kids

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Young anglers wanted for trout tourney 

Hundreds of children will get to try their hand at fishing during the free Talking Trees Children’s Trout Derby Aug. 2 at Oconaluftee River Islands Park in Cherokee.

The kids trout derby, hosted by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, will run from 8 a.m. through noon Saturday, with $20,000 in awards and prizes. The event includes free breakfast and lunch, and post-fishing activities of music, celebrity guests and live animal exhibits until 6 p.m.

Pre-registration is required by coming by the Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds on Friday, Aug. 1, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday festivities at the fairground include Cherokee music and dance, food, games, zip lines and animal exhibitions. The Fishing Derby Armband gets a child free admission at Unto These Hills Drama and the Oconaluftee Indian Village when accompanied by an adult.

Free and open to ages 3-11. Accessible to children with disabilities.


Junior Olympics to draw paddlers nationwide

Whitewater paddlers ages 18 and under will converge on the Nantahala River for three days of paddling and racing Aug. 9-11.

Hosted by Nantahala Racing Club, the event features freestyle, slalom and downriver competitions. Many participating athletes are training for junior national team trials in September, using this event to practice their competitive skills. There will be slalom, downriver sprint and freestyle competitions.

The Junior Olympics is NRC’s largest event of the year, drawing children from across the U.S. As well as stiff competition, it will include several just-for-fun water events — like a Duckie Cross — as well as off-the-water social activities. Nantahala Racing Club is a non-profit that promotes the sport of paddling, both in competition and as recreation, from athlete training and development to hosting events that bring paddlers together.

$40 registration fee. Spectators welcome. Sponsored by USA Canoe/Kayak, a member of the United States Olympic Committee. 

Full schedule online at

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