If you have ever dreamed of floating down a river in the middle of summer on a homemade raft like Mark Twain, then you’ll want to take part in the first-ever Rustic Raft Rally, which the Friends of the Kickapoo Valley Reserve will sponsor as part of the Traditional Wisdom Celebration, an event set for 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 28.
Participants will build rafts using natural materials and float from KVR landing 12 to bridge 14. To qualify for prize money, two people must have at least half of their body out of the water and be on top of the raft at the finish line. Prize money will be split evenly among rally finishers.
This event is open to all ages, clubs, groups, and individuals. Registration is first-come, first-registered, and there is a limit of 10 rafts. For more information and to register for the event, contact Jackie Yocum, the Traditional Wisdom Celebration coordinator, at 625-2960
Other activities at the Traditional Wisdom Celebration include crafts and skills demonstrations, treasure hunts for adults and children, guided hikes, fishing fun, traditional-wisdom storytelling, horse-drawn wagon rides, a paleo smorgasbord, stargazing, and campfire entertainment. All activities are at the Kickapoo Valley Reserve. Admission is free, and the event is open to the public.