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DemoFest Registration and Clinic Offerings

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DemoFest: June 23-25, 2023!


  • Free demos from DaggerJackson KayakPyranha, and  Werner Paddles
  • Sales all weekend!  Save 15-20% off on top brands
  • Scheduled clinics each day – Pre-Registration Required
  • Saturday Evening BBQ at Zoar Outdoor
  • Chance to win an Orion Core 45 Cooler by Jackson Kayak ($280 value): BE AT ZOAR OUTDOOR SUNDAY, JUNE 25 AT 4PM FOR THE ORION COOLER AND $100 GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY
DemoFest Clinics No payments can be taken on-site
Morning Clinic + Lunch
Dryway River Run
Afternoon Clinic/ River Run
Saturday Evening Dinner Chicken BBQ!

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 in advance for clinic teasers ($60 for AM clinic includes lunch; $45 for PM clinic; $65 for Dryway river run) that most appeal to your skill level and interests or demo a boat on the Deerfield River for free. At the end of the day, stop by The Outfitters Shop to save on the gear you’ll need to outfit your new boat for future adventures! Want even more fun? Join us on Sunday, June 25 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm for an awesome team-based Scavenger Hunt on Fife Brook section of the Deerfield River. SCAVENGER HUNT POSTPONED
Instruction with Zoar Outdoor clinic teasers, free demos of the hottest whitewater boats/equipment on the market, and a fun community atmosphere. It’s all at the 20th annual DemoFest at Zoar Outdoor held in June on the Deerfield River in Massachusetts!

Event Details

Preregister by calling Zoar Outdoor at 413-339-4010 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, or sprayskirts these will be available at the DemoFest site. If you need to borrow wetsuits, paddling jackets, or water shoes, please stop by The Outfitters Shop prior to going to the DemoFest site.

Mini-Clinics – Choose one mini-clinics for the morning and afternoon of each day. Please pre-register as space is limited. Mini-clinics are booked on a first come-first serve basis.  All mini-clinics are subject to change. Please check in 15 minutes early at the Zoar Gap Picnic Area event site each day to to receive information. For each mini-clinic you register for, you will be entered to win (one entry per clinic) an Orion Core 45 Cooler by Jackson Kayaks ($280 value).

Food – Please pre-pay for food up to 10 days in advance of the trip.  Riverside lunch available each day and a hearty Saturday evening BBQ will be sure to bring the paddlers back together.

Scavenger Hunt – Scavenger Hunt teams will gather at 12:45 PM at the DemoFest site. Registered teams will get a “Hunt Packet” and have from 1:00 PM until 3:00 PM to find all of their clues. Teams are required to check in at the final site at Zoar Outdoor (7 Main Street) no later than 3:30 PM to have their progress scored. The teams with the most clues found and highest point score will win prizes! SCAVENGER HUNT IS POSTPONED UNTIL AUGUST 6TH (RIVERFEST WEEKEND).

Win a Cooler! – For each mini-clinic you register for, you will be entered to win (one entry per clinic) an Orion Core 45 Cooler by Jackson Kayaks ($280 value). Be at Zoar Outdoor in person at 4pm on Sunday, June 25 for a chance to win the cooler or a $100 gift card to the Outfitters Shop!



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 newest whitewater kayaks.  If you have never been in a whitewater kayak before, you should try one of our 1-, 2-, 3- or 5-day beginner clinics.

  • Great for experienced kayakers and open to those who have mastered the wet-exit, can self rescue in current, and 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.

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!



2023 Schedule and Clinic Descriptions

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