Paddle Jam Hits the Water May 5-7, 2017

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Three-Day Event Celebrates the RiverWay South Region

Apalachicola, Fla–The Forgotten Coast Paddle Jam 2017 is a three-day festival to be held May 5-7 in Franklin County, Florida. Featuring a world record attempt raft-up, the festival includes music, arts and crafts exhibits and local food and celebrates the region’s culture and natural resources. Paddle Jam is billed as a “fluid festival” with events happening at various locations in Apalachicola and St. George Island, Florida.

Headquartered in Battery Park, festival hours are Friday, 5-9 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday’s activities include the Blessing of the Fleet. Saturday brings the Oyster City Challenge kayak and stand up paddleboard races, and a world record raft-up attempt. The challenge is to set a World Record on the Apalachicola River by rafting-up over 3,500+ kayaks at the confluence of the beautiful Apalachicola River and the Apalachicola Bay.

On Sunday Paddle in the Park will commence on St. George Island. For a full schedule of events visit

Paddle Jam is one of many festivals throughout the year that celebrate the culture and resources surrounding the diverse waters of the RiverWay South region. Lakes, rivers, creeks and streams are at the center of the recreational landscape and have shaped the area’s cultural foundation as well as its economy.

For more information on RiverWay South and the many events of this amazing nine-county region, visit

RiverWay South comprises nine counties in northwest Florida which border the Apalachicola and Choctawhatchee Rivers. The RiverWay South team encourages sustainable economic development through the preservation and promotion of the natural, cultural, recreational, scenic and historical resources within the rivers’ basins by providing services to enhance and support the tourism industry throughout the region.

Media Contact:
RiverWay South – Franklin County
Curt Blair 850-323-0719