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Edmonton nude swim sees higher than expected attendance numbers

Edmonton nude swim sees higher than expected attendance numbers
From Global News - January 14, 2018

An Edmonton naturist group, which has hosted nude swim events for decades, saw one of its largest turn outs ever Saturday night.

Typically one of these events would have about 100 people in attendance and we are capped for tonight due to demand at 160, Kevin Boldt with CottonTail Corner said.

CottonTail Corner extended an invitation to Calgary naturists earlier this week after an event in that city was cancelled.

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We dont really understand why the thing in Calgary has become such a huge blow-up, Boldt explained. Weve been doing swims here in the Edmonton area without incident, without ever having a complaint of anything inappropriate. Were a private group that rents a public facility.

The organizer of the Edmonton swims said the public outcry in Calgary shocked him. John Martens said the City of Calgary has rented city pools to other family-friendly naturists groups for the past several years. He said several Edmonton-area groups, including CottonTail Corner, have rented out Edmonton pools for private, all-ages nude swims for the last five years.

Nudity does not equal sex, Martens said. It doesnt equal sexual activity and, whatever some people down in Calgary seem to think, it doesnt mean pedophilia.

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