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Mike Mitchelson

The group changed the name of its symposium in its 25th year to include non-water sports.

Interested in experiencing new outdoor activities for summer? Look no further than the 25th Annual Quiet Adventure Symposium. 

Gary De Kock is president of the Quiet Waters Society and has been part of all 25 symposiums. This year’s symposium will feature more than 30 presentations, 150 exhibits, three speakers and Girl Scout cookies. De Kock called the symposium fun learning for the whole family.  

The first 24 editions were called Quiet Water Symposium, but De Kock said the name was changed to embrace all quiet sports and activities, not just the ones that are waterfront. 

Scott Rancour has been administrative coordinator at the Michigan State Pavilion since 1999 and said the symposium has taken place at the pavilion since he started. Rancour said the symposium is a really nice show and the group does a good job putting it on. 

Bryan Arment, 26, is a former Spartan and an avid skier and hiker. He said the symposium would be a good place for anyone looking to get into quiet sports. 

The symposium takes place 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday Feb. 29, at the Michigan State Pavilion. The entry fee is $15 for adults, $5 for students with IDs, and free for children under age 12. 

Information on the 25th Annual Quiet Adventures Symposium is online.

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