Catgut paddle event looks to get people on the water

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT)- - An event in La Crosse is looking to get people on the water and raise money for youth programs in our area.

The La Crosse Parks and Rec Department is hosting their first annual Catgut Paddle at Veterans Freedom Park this Saturday.  The event features a 14 mile canoe/kayak race, a 4 mile fun paddle, and a number of other paddle related activities, including paddleboard jousting and paddleboard yoga.

"We want to get people out on the water." Says Michelle Jerome, one of the event coordinators.  "A lot of times people either from the area or traveling to an area, they forget that we have these beautiful waterways to experience."

People looking to stay dry this weekend can still enjoy the event; there are a number of land activities for the whole family, including live music, a food truck court, and a yard games.

The proceeds from the day's events will go toward the Youth Enrichment Association, which provides children in our area with opportunities to enjoy the outdoors.  The money will help fund scholarships, buy equipment and uniforms for youth sports leagues, and fund outings for children.

For more information on the event or to register for the race, you can visit

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