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Watch and Wander Fest Presents 17th Annual Paddling Film Festival at GVT

The 17th annual Paddling Film Festival, presented by the Watch and Wander Film Fest, is making a stop in Greenbrier County on its 2022 World Tour!

On Saturday, April 30, Mountain State Overland, in association with the Greenbrier Valley Brewing Company and Smooth Ambler Spirits, will host this special one-night event at the historic Greenbrier Valley Theatre in downtown Lewisburg, West Virginia. 

As explained on their website, “Since 2006, the PADDLING FILM FESTIVAL has been touring the very best films from around the globe showcasing the passion, action, adventure, and the paddling lifestyle.”

“The Paddling Film Festival is an annual film tour, produced by Rapid Media, that showcases the best paddling films of the year. After humble beginnings at a local hall in Palmer Rapids, Ontario, the Paddling Film Festival has become a sought after international event series that inspires individuals, organizations and whole communities to celebrate all types of paddle-sports. Feature films include adventure travel, whitewater, touring and more!”

The event will kick off at 4:30 p.m. with a “social hour” sponsored by Greenbrier Valley Brewing Company and Smooth Ambler Spirits. The three-hour film festival will then begin at 6 p.m., and will include a 30-minute intermission. Tickets are $10 at the box office. $1 of every ticket sold will be donated to a local nonprofit. 

Jason Specht of Mountain State Overland is excited for the film festival, and hopes to see a great community turnout at GVT. 

“If we have a strong enough response, we’re thinking about doing this on a seasonal basis,” Specht sai, while speaking with HashtagWV.

“If we have a strong enough response, we’re thinking about doing this on a seasonal basis,” Specht said, while speaking with HashtagWV.

For more information regarding the Watch and Wander Fest’s presentation of the 2022 Paddling Film Festival, visit 

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Matthew Young has been a resident of Lewisburg, WV since December 2019. Prior to arriving in West Virginia, Matthew resided in the Philadelphia area, where his reporting, commentary, and editorials have been featured in numerous local and regional publications. Previously, he has served as a scriptwriter and consultant for television, radio, and various other short-form digital-media platforms, both within the United States and internationally. Since moving to the Mountain State, Matthew spent eighteen months as senior writer/managing editor for the West Virginia Daily News and is currently an active journalist with the West Virginia Press Association.