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Benderdinker returns to Savannah River in April

Posted: April 4, 2015 - 11:04pm
This year's Benderdinker will be held  April 25 at Riverside Park Landing.  Special
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This year's Benderdinker will be held April 25 at Riverside Park Landing.

Locally-grown food advocates and outdoor enthusiasts are gearing up for the fourth annual Benderdinker, a three-hour non-competitive paddle down the Savannah River.

The Benderdinker is an important fundraiser for Augusta Locally Grown, as it is their only fundraiser, according to Kristina Williams, the founder of the event.

“ALG is such a wonderful asset to this community,” Williams said. “Not only are we able to purchase food from our local farms and keep that money local, but we are able to receive, in return, some of the healthiest foods available.”

This year’s Benderdinker will be held on Saturday, April 25, beginning at 10 a.m. Participants will gather at Riverside Park Landing off of Hardy McManus Road in Evans.

Cost to register for the event is $35 and includes admission for one vessel – up to three people – to the paddle, admission for one to the Riverfest, a t-shirt, a goody bag and a mason jar for early bird registrants.

In addition to the four live music venues that are dotted along the route, there will be five local food snack stops and water refills along the route.

“Back on land, you get additional live music, access to demos, custom lawn games and seriously the best food you can buy in the CSRA,” Williams said.

Admission to the festival portion of the event is just $5; children under 10 are admitted free. The festival will be held from noon to 6 p.m.

A portion of the proceeds from The Benderdinker will go to help the Benderdigger program. It began two years ago in conjunction with Augusta Locally Grown to teach children about starting a garden, raising and preparing the food.

“We do the program every fall in River Island,” Williams said. “It falls in line with creating a healthy outlook, which is what all of this is about.”

The event is about celebrating a healthy and positive life, enjoying community and friends. The slogan is “Silent sports and slow friends.”

“What that breaks down to is getting outdoors and spending time with one another, whether it’s on a bike ride with your family or making cookies with your kids,” Williams said. “It’s about creating time in our life to foster those traditions either through food or activity.

“The Benderdinker is one day a year that I hope people use to create a memory with their family and friends,” she said. “Look back a few years from now and think, ‘That was so much fun. I want to do that again.’ That is why I do this. I want those moments in my own life and I want to share that with others.”

To register for The Benderdinker or for more information about the event, visit their Web site at www.benderdinker.com.

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