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Aug. 24 - SRK's Big Float to Highlight River Recreation Aug. 26

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Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

August 24, 2017 - Savannah Riverkeeper will host their annual Big Float event, a fun and family-friendly day on the water, this Saturday, Aug. 26, on the Savannah River. The event will be open to canoes, kayaks, standup paddleboards, tubes and the annual homemade raft competition. Launching at 9 a.m., more than 100 participants will float the flat water from Hammond’s Ferry boat ramp, through downtown Augusta to the Boathouse landing. For those wishing to spectate, the best location is from the Saturday Market on the Riverwalk at 10th Street around 10 a.m.

There will be an after-party to cool down at Savannah Riverkeeper’s headquarters, 328 Riverfront Drive, with music provided by HD 98.3, free lunch for participants, Sweetwater beers, and snow-cone vendors Hi Tide SnoBalls.

Savannah Riverkeeper Tonya Bonitatibus will give a brief update on the organization’s efforts and ongoing Rock The Dam campaign.

“We love this event because it’s an easily accessible route for beginners, families, or those who just want take it easy on the flat water. That’s a contrast from some of our other racing events,” said Bonitatibus. “The course also runs right through downtown Augusta and North Augusta, and it makes for a great view. The Big Float highlights the fact that the Savannah River is the literal center and lifeblood of our community, and we should be making decisions that respect and enhance that.”

The only competition here is for the best homemade raft. And there’s still time to put one together! Registration is open until midnight Friday at www.savannahriverkeeper.org/the-big-float.html. Entries are $30 to paddle or float, or $85 to make your own raft, and include a swag bag, lunch, and beer ticket per person. All proceeds support the nonprofit’s efforts to protect and improve the Savannah River.

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