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Sidelaunch Days set to make waves next weekend in Collingwood

Family festival features SUP competition, wakeboarding and numerous free fun and activities Aug. 9-11
Sidelaunch Days is a two-day multi-venue, multi-recreational event celebrating the joy of being in, on, and around South Georgian Bay while commemorating the unique shipbuilding heritage of Collingwood.
With activities for all ages, Sidelaunch Days is a great family festival with lots of ways for everyone to get involved.

Getting out on the water is a big part of Sidelaunch Days. Visitors can try out canoeing, kayaking, sailing, and stand up paddle-boarding for free! They can also catch the excitement by watching the experts compete, or even trying to compete themselves!
The Ontario SUP Race Series stops in Collingwood featuring demos and races in Collingwood Harbour. From different beginner events to sprints and distance races, there’s something for every paddler.
SUP Competition specifics:
  • Technical Races (for novices to experts) – Saturday, Aug. 10 at 11 a.m.
  • Sprints - Saturday, Aug. 10 at 2:30 p.m.
  • Long Distance Race - Sunday, Aug. 11 at 10 a.m.
Cable wakeboarding is back as well, with lessons on Thursday and Friday. It’s a great way to try out wakeboarding in the beautiful, safe, and protected Collingwood Harbour. The team at Border Pass even offer a Get Up Guarantee or it’s free! The Battle in the Bay premier cable wakeboarding competition will also run during the weekend. Be thrilled and astounded by the sweet flips and crazy tricks the beginners, intermediates, and pro’s perform. 
Wakeboard Competition specifics:
  • Beginner & Intermediate Categories  – Friday, , Aug. 9 at 2 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
  • Team Battle – Saturday, Aug. 10 at 12:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Cash 4 Tricks – Sunday, Aug. 11 at 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Finals- Sunday, Aug. 11 at 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
There’s lots more free fun and activities:
  • Stroll the Market Promenade beside the Sidelaunch Basin: There’s something for everyone along the eats, treats, and art promenade, featuring over 25 vendors
  • Visit the Kids Craft & Activity Centre: Create and take home old fashioned hand held games. Presented by Re/Max Four Season Realty.
  • Come by the new Dockside Bar beside Heritage Drive. Featuring samples from Side Launch Brewing and Georgian Bay Spirit Co, along with a full bar and delicious food from Cabin Bistro, this will be an ideal place to watch the SUP and cable wakeboarding competitions from. The Dockside Bar will also feature Live & Original musicians from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. on Saturday and 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.
  • NEW! Cheer on the Woofjock Dock Diving Dog Show: “Canine All Stars” will astound the audience with their speed, agility and obedience in a fast-paced dog diving one-of-a-kind show! Plus the WoofJocks’ have their special brand of un-fur-gettable comedy the whole family will love. Saturday, Aug. 10 at 11;30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.
  • Watch Kites over Collingwood at Millennium Park: Participants can bring their own kites or decorate a complimentary one on site and enjoy the winds at Millennium. Or just relax and watch the professionals with their colourful array of large scale kites soaring high above Collingwood Harbour on Sunday, Aug. 11 from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Attend a great evening concert at the Amphitheatre on Sunday night at 7 p.m. featuring Freedom Train: This power-trio performs at over 200 shows annually, including Massey Hall and MGM Grand in Las Vegas, winning audiences with their spin on classic rock, R&B, funk, and reggae. Come celebrate the best timeless classics from the 60s, 70s and 80s starting at 7 p.m.
This full weekend of fun in Collingwood starts on Saturday morning at the famous downtown Collingwood Farmers’ Market.
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