Paddleboards and kayaks will be all part of the fun on the Kaiapoi River in the Hazeldine Construction & Visit Waimakariri Kaiapoi River Carnival and Boat Show next Sunday. Organisers are calling for entries hoping competition will be fierce amongst competitors in the Blackwell’s paddle board race, the WDC Kayak race and the Port & Eagles Walk The Plank. There are prizes to be won and entry forms for these fun events, as well as the raft race, can be found on the Kaiapoi River Carnival facebook page. Sponsors are an important part of the River Carnival says co-ordinator Chris Greengrass. “The support from local businesses and those further afield has been amazing,” she says. “Our major sponsor, Hazeldean Construction has led the way with their generous sponsorship and so many others have followed suit, wanting to be part of another great Kaiapoi event and to see an action packed river.” Kaiapoi business, Gem Kitchens, is bringing Queenstown based, world champion fly boarder, Gemma Weston. Gemma will be staying at Oakhampton Lodge in Ohoka and is also supported by Jaspreet from Caltex Kaiapoi. Gemma’s jet powered acrobatics are sure to thrill the crowd. But that’s only a small part of the excitement for the day. Bare-foot water ski-ing, power boats, dragon boats, and Si Gibbon, world champion jet boater will aim to make a splash and thrill the crowds on the riverbank. The Coastguard vessels put on a good show last year and they will be back proudly showing off their new boat. WHow, the water park developers will provide a demonstration of wake boarding and it’s pretty safe to say that the Kaiapoi river bridge and the Port & Eagle will be jam-packed with sightseers, but there’s room for all along the riverbanks. Come along and find a spot for a picnic in a ringside possie. There’s plenty of land based activities too with classic boat displays and the opportunity to sell that old jet ski or boat you’ve got lying around at home in the Car Boot Sale. Kid’s activities are plentiful, including the Titanic, courtesy of John Rhind, and Corcoran French Lawyers have brought back the Pirate Ship. Harcourts Four Seasons Realty have brought the Fairy face painters, M A McKay Contractors the bumper boats, and there’s water balls too. The tide will be right so here’s hoping the weather helps out too in making the Kaiapoi River Carnival and Boat Show a day to remember.