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One of the most popular whitewater runs in Alabama, the Mulberry Fork of the Mulberry River, is enjoyed by both beginners and experts. The Mulberry Fork kicks off the 2020 Alabama Cup Racing Series this weekend.

Located above old U.S. 31 near Garden City, the Mulberry Fork Canoe and Kayak race is one of the longest running slalom paddling events in the country. It features canoe and kayak slalom, boatercross, SUPcross, and downriver events. Races start at 9 a.m. Saturday with the Championship Slalom.The boatercross and SUPcross will take place during the lunch break with the downriver race starting around 3 p.m.

On Sunday, there will be a morning and afternoon slalom featuring a cruising slalom and novice slalom. The slaloms will start at 9 a.m. Boatercross and SUPcross will once again take place during the lunch break.

The Alabama Cup Races started in 1992; however, the Mulberry Fork Canoe and Kayak races started in 1981. Ten years later, the Locust Fork Invitational began and a year later the Locust Fork White Water Classic was added.

Today, the Alabama Cup Racing Series is made up of the Mulberry Fork Canoe and Kayak races, the Locust Fork race, and Paddlefest. Both the Locust Fork race and Paddlefest are held at King’s Bend just north of Cleveland. The Locust Fork race is set for April 4-5. Paddlefest takes place later in the spring.

Both courses are spectator friendly and surrounded by walking trails. Entrance fee is $3 per person per day. Camping is available and is $5 per person per night.The camping fee covers the daily event fee.

You can find out more at the Alabama Cup Racing Association website (www.alabamacupraces.com), or Friends of the Locust Fork River website (www.flfr.org).