TriCounty Community Guide 2019 - Page 59

June 29: Red, White and Boom June 29: London-Corbin Airport Open House July 6: 4th of July fireworks and concert July 10-14 Laurel County Fair The Laurel River Lake Paddle Blast in 2018 set several milestones and impressed competi- tors with the beauti- ful scenery and tour- ist offerings in the area, organizers said. “I believe Laurel River Lake Paddle July 13 Blast broke the Lovely Laurel record for the most River Lake SUPs at an event in Paddle Blast Kentucky, with nearly 40 racers on boards!” wrote organizer Gerry Seavo James on Facebook. “It was the largest paddles- ports race to happen ever in east Kentucky.” SUPs stands for stand up paddlers, who stand on top of their boards and pad- dle with their arms and legs. Another 60 or so competitors raced in canoes. The Lovely Laurel Lake Paddle Blast was part of the Southern Stroke Series, a series of SUP races held all over the southeast- ern United States. The race also turned into a tourist draw, because many com- petitors planned to spend additional time checking out Cumberland Falls, the hiking/biking trails and other offer- ings in the area. “This Paddle Blast brought new and familiar faces to Laurel Lake and Laurel County rang- ing from North Carolina, Georgia to Ohio,” said Kelly Burton, co-director of the London-Laurel Tourist Commission. “One couple told me that they were so impressed with our hospitality and scenic area, they couldn’t wait to see what else was on our event cal- endar”. The Times-Tribune • Community Guide 2019 — Page 59