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DemoFest 2022

Try boats and learn paddling skills at DemoFest!

June 24-26 2022

More details to come

Below is information from 2021!

For paddlers who want to brush up on their skills and have some fun, Zoar Outdoor’s DemoFest is the place to be this September! Sign up in advance for clinic teasers ($30 includes $10 donation to AW) that most appeal to your skill level and interests or demo a boat on the Deerfield River for free.  Then stop by The Outfitters Shop to save on the gear you’ll need to outfit your new boat for future adventures!

Zoar Outdoor is teaming up with American Whitewater once again to turn the Deerfield River Festival Weekend into an amazing two day event. We have a combined goal to get more people into the sport of kayaking and promote and support the whitewater kayaking community nationally.  We want to make it easier for budding kayakers to learn more about the sport and give folks a chance to try the newest boats on the market.

Instruction with Zoar Outdoor clinic teasers and from top paddlers, free demos of the hottest whitewater boats/equipment on the market, a festival atmosphere and live music at the Berkshire East (Saturday evening). It’s all at the 17th annual DemoFest at Zoar Outdoor held in June on the Deerfield River in Massachusetts!


Event Details

Preregister by calling Zoar Outdoor at 1-800-532-7483 or book online.

Boat Demos – All boat demos are first-come-first-served @ the Zoar Gap Picnic Area.  We regret that we are not able to take reservations for specific boats. You can demo a boat for up to 2 hours of personal use or for one mini-clinic per day. We have a limited number of boats available for demo so please be considerate.  All boat demos are due back to the Zoar Gap Picnic area no later than 4:00 PM each day.  Sign-up online and complete the agreement/waivers in advance.

Equipment Rental – If you need to borrow helmets, PFD’s, sprayskirts, wetsuits, paddling jackets, or water shoes; please stop by The Outfitters Shop prior to going to the DemoFest site.

Mini-Clinics – Choose mini-clinics for each day.  Space is very limited, please pre-register.

Boatercross 9/11/21- Registration at 9AM – 10AM @ Dunbar Brook Picnic area.


DemoFest site is located across from the Zoar Gap picnic area.  Once there, complete the check-in paperwork for boat demos and clinics.

The Outfitters Shop is located at Zoar Outdoor
7 Main Street
Charlemont, MA 01339



Prerequisites – The DemoFest mini-clinics are designed for experienced paddlers looking to paddle the hottest new whitewater kayaks. 

  • Great for experienced kayakers and open to those who have mastered the wet-exit, can self rescue in current and who are comfortable in at least class I-II whitewater with a sprayskirt and a whitewater style kayak.
  • Dryway competent paddlers are welcome to bring demo boats from the Zoar Gap Picnic area to the Dryway section.

If you’ve never paddled before or have never been in a true whitewater kayak you can sign up for our 2-day novice kayak courses to try out the sport.  Novice courses typically start on Wednesday’s and Saturday’s throughout the summer.

Come to Zoar Outdoor and learn to paddle prior to Demofest

At Zoar, our staff makes the difference when it comes to your whitewater kayaking experience. Our friendly, accommodating team is here to answer any questions you might have, so don’t hesitate to give us a call!

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