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NEWS RELEASE          For release Aug. 11, 2008

Thorncrest hosts canoe and kayak race on Sunday

Southampton, Ont., Aug. 11, 2008 -- As part of the 150th anniversary celebrations, Thorncrest Outfitters will be hosting a Canoe and Kayak Race on the Saugeen River, Sunday, Aug. 17. There are both river and land races, with registration at 1 p.m. at the Chesley Street boat launch.

You can bring your own canoe or tandem kayak, or use a Thorncrest boat at no charge.

Get the young ones involved in the Family Race for ages five and up: just follow the obstacle course in the river and collect trail tape at designated locations. (Paddlers 18 and under must have an adult sign for them in order to race.)

A teen canoe/tandem kayak race will pit 15-18 year olds against each other (at least two paddlers per boat). Or try the single kayak race for 15-18 and 18+; first one back wins.

On land Thorncrest plans a canoe portage race for 15-18 and 18+, and a throw bag toss between two partners, ages 15 and up.

Prizes go to the best decorated canoe or kayak, the best people costume and the best animal costume.

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For more: Thorncrest Outfitters, 797-1608



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 Ticket prices are at Tickets. Tickets and souvenirs are available (cash only) at the 150th Store on High Street, next to Designing Women, the Visitors' Centre in Southampton Town Hall and the Port Elgin Tourist Office. For information, call Brenda, 519-797-2215.

  The Southampton Remembered memories book is available at the 150th Store on High Street.

 2008 marks 150 years since Southampton was incorporated as a village on July 24, 1858. Celebrations culminate in the 150th Anniversary Weekend, Aug. 14-17, 2008. For more about Southampton's 150th Anniversary, see


The Southampton 150th Anniversary Committee is composed of volunteers and is a sub-committee of the Saugeen Shores Chamber of Commerce. As a steering committee, it plans events and works closely with local groups and businesses, which run their own 150th anniversary events along with their regular programming.

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