Come on down to the SASPAMCO Showdown on March 19!

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San Antonio River Basin Paddling Race Series Event Flyer.

The San Antonio River Authority (River Authority), together with the San Antonio River Foundation, brings you the SASPAMCO Showdown Paddling Race & Festival. The event takes place on Saturday, March 19, at 1:00 pm at Helton Nature Park in Floresville, TX. Come enjoy live music, food trucks, a car show, Wilson County Trade Days, and other activities at one of Wilson County’s favorite parks.

This year, the River Authority and the San Antonio River Foundation launched the 2022 San Antonio River Basin Paddling Race Series. Experienced paddling racers from all over are invited to participate in 4 competitive paddling races throughout the year. These races will be held along multiple sections of the beautiful San Antonio River Basin, from the world-famous San Antonio River Walk to the historic community of Goliad. Each race covers a different distance and will provide new challenges to excite competitive paddle racers.

As the second race in our series, the SASPAMCO Showdown Paddling Race will provide competitors a wild race requiring navigation around downed trees, submerged brush, and other racers. Participants will face-off to see who can be the first to cross the finish line! Named in honor of a nearby historic Wilson County community, the SASPAMCO Paddling Trail is lined with tall trees and intriguing geologic features. The race will begin at the River Authority’s River Crossing Park and end at the River Authority’s John William Helton-San Antonio River Nature Park (Helton Park). The awards ceremony with prizes for the top three finishers in each category will be held following the race at 5:00 pm at Helton Park. Check out our webpage to learn more about the SASPAMCO Showdown Paddling Race and following races in the series.

Two people kayak down the San Antonio River Basin.

Paddling the SASPAMCO Paddling Trail in Wilson County, TX.

Held in tandem with the paddling race, the SASPAMCO Showdown festival will have live music all day by the Scott Crofts Band, Madelyn Victoria, and The Powell Brothers, a national touring act based out of Houston, Texas. We invite you to take a Hayride around the trails and learn about Helton Nature Park’s history and nature. Munch on your favorite festival treats while you enjoy listening to music and visit vendors from the Wilson County Trade Days. Activities for kids will also be available!

Three picture layout. From left to right: Scott Crofts Band with frontman holding electric guitar as he leans up against a tree; Middle: a young woman poses with her back to a chain link fence; Right: Two men sing back to back while holding electric guitars on stage.


The 2022 season of Wilson County Trade Days kick-off at the SASPAMCO Showdown, so make sure to check out the vendors and help support small local businesses. Don’t forget to see the car show presented by Push Rods, a non-profit organization, as you visit with vendors. The Trade Days are held every 3rd Saturday from March through December at Helton Nature Park.

So, come on down to the SASPAMCO Showdown on Saturday, March 19 at 1:00 pm!


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