First annual Payette River Games begin in Cascade

First annual Payette River Games begin in Cascade

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by Ryan Larrondo

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Posted on June 21, 2013 at 10:47 PM

CASCADE -- Idaho is a state known for its outdoor recreational treasures.  Enthusiasts have thousands of miles of trails and rivers to choose from.  This weekend, event organizers of the first annual Payette River Games are hoping that people will go to Kelly’s Whitewater Park in Cascade to enjoy a weekend full of events. 

"The whitewater park at Kelly's Whitewater Park is primo," professional kayaker Eric Jackson said. "It's literally our favorite stop on the tour."

The games were created as a way to give participants and spectators multiple choices of things to do, all in one area. 

"If something doesn't interest you, if you're not just interested in kayaking, you might be interested in standup paddling or volleyball or disc golf, or anything else," event organizer Mark Pickard said. "The idea is to have kind of a decathlon of games here."

The games will feature multiple events and sports for spectators to watch, and also participate in. 
Some of the world's best kayakers and standup paddle boarders will compete.  There will also be volleyball, horseshoes, bocce ball, and even a climbing competition. 

"There's something for everyone, and I really like that variety," professional standup paddle boarder Nikki Gregg said.  "I think that's what really does it for me, and why I'm here."

The idea behind it all was to create an event for all to enjoy, while at the same time bringing people to a gem location in the Gem State. 

"The idea is to have something for people to spectate, because that's what recreation is all about," Pickard said.  "If we have good recreation, more people come to Cascade.  More people come to Cascade, it's part of our economic stimulus.  Prosperity will come."

The event began on Friday, and runs through Sunday. 

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