DemoFest 2020

Try boats and learn paddling skills at DemoFest!

For paddlers who want to brush up on their skills and have some fun, Zoar Outdoor’s DemoFest is the place to be this June! Sign up for the super discounted clinics 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 three 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 special event speaker (Friday evening at Zoar Outdoor) and live music at the Charlemont Fairgrounds (Saturday evening). It’s all at the 16th annual DemoFest at Zoar Outdoor held in June on the Deerfield River in Massachusetts!


  • Free demos from DaggerJackson Kayak, Pyranha, and  Werner Paddles
  • Sales all weekend!  Save 15-20% off on top brands
  • Scheduled clinics each day – preregistration requested
  • All clinic proceeds will be a 100% donation to American Whitewater
  • Friday Evening Entertainment at Zoar Outdoor
  • Saturday Evening – Deerfield River Festival
  • Sunday Boatercross @ Dragon’s Tooth
  • 1-Day never whitewater kayaked before, experience on Sunday

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.  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.

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

Boatercross – Sign-up online and complete the agreement/waivers.

Location – The DemoFest site is located across from the Zoar Gap picnic area.  Once there, complete the check-in paperwork for boat demos and clinics and pick out any needed equipment: Boats, PFDs, paddles, sprayskirts, and helmets are available.

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 one whitewater with a sprayskirt and a whitewater style kayak.
  • Advanced paddlers who want an energizing and thrilling experience in Class IV water can also demo boats on 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.

We will also have a 1-day Novice Kayak experience clinic on Sunday.  The Novice clinic will run separately, starting at our base at Zoar Outdoor.  Invite your friends to learn to paddle!

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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