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LYONS FALLS — Entering its fifth year, the annual Black-Moose Kayak Event will step up its game with new activities and a new date.

In previous years, the event, which draws kayakers from all over the Northeast, was held Mother’s Day weekend. But this year it will be held in conjunction with the Adirondack Paddlefest in Old Forge, May 16 to 18.

“We’re trying to get a team effort going,” organizer Liane Amaral said. “Hopefully we can draw people to both of them on the same weekend, since they’re generally in the same area.”

Mrs. Amaral is a member of Lyons Falls ALIVE, which hosts the event. Black-Moose originated with now-retired ALIVE President Roscoe J. “Rocky” Fawcett Jr. Living on the Moose River, he recognized that many Paddlefest kayakers would finish their runs in Lyons Falls on the bottom Moose. His hope was to establish a similar festival that highlighted the bottom Moose’s Class IV and V rapids. Bottom Moose is a challenging run and is most often used by kayakers with experience. But the event is for families and community members, as well. There are several spots on middle Moose for Class II and III rapids best suited for beginner or intermediate paddlers.

“We’re going to team up with Scott Loccorini and offer discounted rafting trips for families through Whitewater Challengers and a guided kayaking trip for beginners with Adirondack Exposure on the middle Moose,” Mrs. Amaral said. Mr. Loccorini runs both companies.

The guided whitewater kayak trip will be held on middle Moose. This event is open to intermediate and beginner paddlers with whitewater experience.

There are also flat-water locations for kayaking and canoeing.

ALIVE has arranged for several activities over the weekend open to kayakers and community members.

n Camping will be available Friday and Saturday at Riverside Park, 6904 Laura St., for $10 total. Check-in will begin Friday morning.

n Festival participants also may stay at the Edge Hotel, 3952 Route 12, with rooms available for participants at a discounted price.

n A 5K run/walk to benefit South Lewis Student Council is set for Saturday leaving from the park. Registration is $5 before the event, $7 the day of the race, and can be arranged by calling Anne Huntress at 348-8632.

n A barbecue will be held at the kayak takeout point on Shibley Road on Saturday afternoon for a minimal cost.

n Saturday evening a spaghetti dinner will be hosted by the Fire Department at the park at a minimal fee with live entertainment by Daniel Bradish and a bonfire to follow.

n A pancake breakfast will be held at St. John’s Catholic Church, 5838 McAlpine St.

Maps will be available of locations for spectators to view kayakers. For more information, call Mrs. Amaral at 719-304-1477, or follow the event on Facebook under Black-Moose Kayak Event.

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