The Guest Appreciation Festival will feature discounted outdoor gear, local craft vendors and live music.
There will also be live music, beer tasting from the local Nantahala Brewing Company, food at the River’s End Restaurant and Big Wesser BBQ & Brew, kids games, activities and water competitions.
Kayakers can test their skills when Duke Energy releases water on the Upper Nantahala and the Cascades to transform the normally calm-flowing stretch of the river into a fast-paced creek. Free shuttles from the NOC outpost to and from the river will be provided on Saturday and Sunday.
For those who prefer to watch, the NOC is hosting the U.S. Slalom Nationals, presented by the Nantahala Racing Club. Other paddling events and competition will take place as well and attendees can sign up throughout the event. Further details are available online.