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April 24, 2014

Paddle for Autism is Saturday-Some changes to event due to river conditions

Mayo — The 3rd Annual Suwannee River Paddle for Autism is still happening, but with some changes, due to current river conditions.

Organizer Martin Grill said, “Although we will not be putting boats on the Suwannee River due to flooding, folks will be able to put their canoes and kayaks in at Koon Lake, which is about four miles south of the river.”

Two local vendors will be renting canoes/kayaks at the Hal Adams Bridge on Highway 51 and at the Suwannee River Rendezvous Resort and Campground. Shuttles will be running between the two locations and Koon Lake.

Free entertainment will start around 1 p.m. at Suwannee River Rendezvous Resort and Campground, located off Convict Spring Road, just northeast of Mayo. Nashville recording artist Mean Mary will play a combination of banjo, guitar, and violin. Also playing will be the Saltwater Cowboys. The concert is free, but it is hoped that attendees will help support autism by purchasing raffle tickets.

Drawings for door prizes will start in the early afternoon. Grand prize drawings for a hand-crafted wooden kayak and a Yeti Tundra 45 cooler will be held about 5 p.m.

Proceeds from the event will go to the University of Florida Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) for autism services in the Lafayette County area. Greg Valcante is the CARD director.

“We are well towards our goal of raising $3,000 again this year, which will go to support autistic children, their families and our local school system,” said Grill.

For more information, please visit Facebook.com/SuwanneeRiverPaddleForAutism, or call 386-294-3322.

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