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Race homemade rafts at Don Carter State Park June 9


Huck Finn mused about the freedom found on a raft floating down river: “Other places do seem so cramped up and smothery, but a raft don't. You feel mighty free and easy and comfortable on a raft.”
 
The lure of the raft is expected to unleash some creativity and fun on Lake Lanier June 9 in the first Flotilla Raft Race at Don Carter State Park. Participants will paddle their own floating creation from the boat ramp to the beach in the event organized by AmeriCorps volunteers working with the park staff.
 
 The rafts should be constructed from household or recycled materials—scrap wood, foam, barrels, plastic buckets, or other common items. Vessels should support the weight of the crew and ideally float the one-mile course within 2 hours. Glass, sharp edges, commercially constructed hulls, plastics that disintegrate and motors are not allowed.
 
Prizes go to top finishers and most creative rafts. All entrants get a chicken sandwich. Water activities and games on the beach round out the fun.
 
Sign in is at 11 a.m. at the boat ramp. The race starts at 12:30 p.m. Entry fee: $7. Parking: $5. 
 
See Don Carter link at www.gastateparks.org or event website https://facebook.com/ events/421064801673998/ for rules and other information.

Posted online 5/29/18
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