WAGRAM — With barely cloudy skies and heat climate predicted for Saturday, it’ll make for an incredible day to benefit from the annual Chalk Banks Problem and River Competition.
Held on the Chalk Banks Entry Space of the Lumber River State Park in Wagram from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, the occasion can have selfmade raft races, a 5K path run, child’s video games, a excessive heels males’s race and extra.
Whereas most of the occasions are the identical as earlier years, there’s one change within the occasion’s line-up this yr — there received’t be kayak or canoe races.
“We’ve had folks journey in for the canoe and kayak race however not plenty of locals who participated, so we don’t suppose it is going to be affecting our numbers,” mentioned Cory Hughes, government director of the Scotland County Tourism Growth Authority. “However we can have kayaks and canoe’s obtainable for folks to take out with or with out a ranger which we expect folks get pleasure from extra than simply watching racers go by.”
Hughes mentioned he’s anticipating between 300 and 500 folks to attend the occasion primarily based on earlier yr numbers and added that the most well-liked occasion will probably be persevering with on.
“With no query, the raft race is our keystone occasion,” Hughes mentioned. “It’s truly one of many causes we began this occasion as a result of it had been accomplished at a Fourth of July occasion and was overwhelmingly widespread and we wished to convey it again.”
The raft races are a Scotland County custom with native residents, boy scout troops and fireplace departments collaborating in it. There are two divisions for the raft races together with group youth and group grownup. The rafts are all selfmade and can’t be motorized.
The aim of the occasion, which was began eight years in the past, is to convey extra folks to the Chalk Banks Entry since many individuals don’t notice it’s there.
“We’ve got a gorgeous state park up there,” Hughes mentioned. “It’s not an occasion that’s essentially bringing heads to beds however it’s like an advert for the park … yearly I hear folks speaking and saying that it’s so lovely and that they need to come again and that’s the objective to convey folks again.”
The occasion is free and open to anybody who want to benefit from the festivities. Hughes added there will probably be distributors together with bouncy castles and different actions. The one occasions which have a charge hooked up to them are the raft race at $20 and the grownup 5K at $25, the youth run is free.
“We hope folks come out and benefit from the day,” Hughes mentioned. “It’s speculated to be good climate in a gorgeous location so we hope everybody will come to benefit from the day.”
Occasions are scheduled as follows:
9 to 10:30 a.m. — Occasion registration (operating and raft)
9:30 a.m. — 5K Path Run (entry charge required)
10 a.m. — Competition opening ceremonies
10:30 a.m. — Youth Cross Nation Championship (U12 & U18 -free)
11 a.m. — Males’s Excessive Heel Dash
11:45 a.m. — Raft Races
12:30 p.m. — Child’s Olympics Start, grape spitting, hollering contest, & extra.
2 p.m. — Awards
Attain Katelin Gandee at 910-506-3171 or at [email protected]