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Platty Slack's Slackfest Returns for Third Year

Two springs ago, Platty Slack, SUNY Plattsburgh’s slackline club, hosted one of the largest events for a new club in campus history. Friday May 1, the club’s signature event, Slackfest, returns for the third consecutive year.

Like the previous two, this year’s Slackfest, which will take place from 3 to 7p.m. outside Champlain Valley Hall, features an open workshop for slackliners of all skill levels, a demonstration session, a barbeque and tie-dying. Professional slackliners from Slackline Industries, including Platty Slack founder, Keagan French ’14, will be in attendance from Boulder, Colo., to perform and help with the event.

Platty Slack has become one of the largest college slackline clubs in the country, and in its first two years, Slackfest was one of the largest college slackline events to date, attracting more than 400 and 250 attendees respectively.

Despite the experience and skill of many club members, Platty Slack leaders agree that the club is all about beginners — as it has been from the start. They welcome new slackliners and encourage them to give the sport a shot.

“If you can walk down the sidewalk, you can walk a slackline,” Platty Slack President Stephen Larson said. “It just takes practice.”

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