It has officially begun, the build up to Big Demo Day! Are you ready for fun in the sun?
Appomattox River Company Big Demo Day 2019
June 8th, 2019
Wilck's Lake, Farmville, VA
The Farmville Store
614 N Main St
Farmville, VA 23901
We stock 2500+ kayaks, canoes, and SUPs by 45+ different vendors, plus 1000's of paddle-sports accessories, and all the manufacturers, from those companies, will be here, demoing and talking about their products. You can try any boat, paddle, etc that you want and then visit our giant warehouses and pick up your new toys on our great Demo Day. We will be posting more info to this page as the event draws near, so check back often.
And Food Trucks!!
This year we will have Food Trucks on site!
The Fishin Pig
The Taco Wagon
moe to come....
We'll have more info posted here as we get closer, including the extensive list of Pros, Industry Pros, etc
Here is an aerial video of the event:
For Directions and Some Helpful Tips and Info Check Below
We thought we'd lay out a little 411 on the event. It's a busy day and filled with fun and we want to set you up for success when it comes to accomplishing your goal. Most folks come to the Demo Day with a handful of kayaks, canoes, or SUPs on their mind to try. Some folks show up to get their first real taste of kayaking, etc. Some folks show up just to enjoy the outdoors. We welcome you all.
The following is an attempt to smooth out any questions you may have about how the event goes down and offer a few tips to help you out while you're here.
The Big Demo Day is out at Wilck's Lake in Farmville off of W. Third St.
The Farmville storefront location at 614 N Main St. will be in open and ready to load all the new toys you buy on Demo Day. Plus Yakima and Thule, etc will be on hand to rack you up in the parking lot with new roof top carriers.
When you show up to the island, you'll be directed where to park.
Walk up to the Check-In tent and fill out your Waiver Form.
THIS IS IMPORTANT and will save time:
Print it out at home here and bring it with you. : Here or below
After the Waiver you'll be given a wrist band to wear.
Next you can pick up a PFD under the pavilion, if you have not brought your own with you.
From there the island is your oyster. Slurp from that briny goodness. Sorry, wait, the island is actually surrounded by freshwater and is frequented by geese, no oysters, do not slurp the water. But there will be hundreds of kayaks, canoes, SUPs, paddles, etc. This is the perfect time to try out all those models you've debated buying all spring.
Helpful Tips and Hints:
If you are an experienced paddler and have your own gear (i.e. paddle and PFD) you will be able to move past the PFD pickup spot and get right to the Demo stations.
Wear clothing appropriate to the day. You will be getting in and out of paddle craft so wear the right footwear, some clothes that can get wet, etc. If it's raining bring that parka, and if the sun is blasting, pack the sunscreen.
If you plan on taking some kayaks home but do not have a rack on your car, fear not. Thule, Yakima and Malone will be on hand at our Farmville storefront to rack up your ride.
The Farmville storefront can get a little hectic on Demo Day Saturday, so please bear with us when you come to pick up the kayak you purchased on the island. Look for a bright neon ARC Staff shirt and let them know you're looking to pick up your paddlecraft. Have your receipt ready.
There will be a big contingent of industry pros, athletes, etc from all brands represented, on the island. It is a unique opportunity to ask questions and get answers from the paddlers who use this gear everyday.