Floatfest is a four-year young, not-for-profit event run by the South Australian river community for all South Australians. It is a two-day family event focused on breaking the world record for largest number of kayaks and canoes on the river together and “paddling into the record books”. Floatfest 2017 will be held at Murray Bridge on the 8th and 9th of April.
In 2016, Floatfest had over 5,000 people attend the event at Mannum and 185 officially joined the record count. This year there will be two record attempts:
- Largest number of canoes/kayaks rafter together on the Murray River.
- Largest number of canoes/kayaks lined end to end along the banks of the Murray River
Canoeing WA has turned up the heat in 2017 by staging their own event on the same date. On April the 9th, South Australia (SA) and Western Australia (WA) go head to head in dual attempts to break the world record for the most kayaks and canoes floating in a raft together. The SA organisers are determined not to let WA march in late and tell SA they’re not number one. So come on South Australian canoeists, paddlers, campers, glampers, kite flyers, fitness freaks, and outdoors types. Dust off that life jacket, fit the roof racks, buy a canoe, hire a kayak, borrow an inflatable from your neighbour. Just be in the Rural City of Murray Bridge on the 8th and 9th of April for Floatfest 2017.
Floatfest is a great opportunity place to dip your toes in the water and get a feel for life on the mighty Murray in a safe environment. The river is in excellent health and for one weekend only, the waters at Murray Bridge will be closed to everyone except Floatfest 2017 participants. People can enjoy paddling serenely with hundreds of like-minded types on a peaceful river, free of boat and ski traffic. Or they can take part in adrenaline pumping canoe sports and marathons. All in beautiful April weather. It’s an authentic and grassroots expression of life by our river not seen in SA for decades.
With the help of Canoe SA and the Royal Lifesaving Society SA, Floatfest will once again be organising safe on water activities in 2017. Saturday will see the riverfront at Murray Bridge full of activities including sidewheel paddle steamer cruises, canoe polo demonstrations, canoe marathon events, market stalls showcasing local food and produce, houseboats open for inspection, children’s activities and much more.
Floatfest is excited to have their charity partner Can:Do 4Kids join the event. Brenton Carle from the SA Tourism award winning Canoe the Coorong will be helping to give some special kids a special experience on the water. Other activities over the weekend will include a kite festival, a huge Scouts SA water activities camp, come and try workshops, marathon canoe races, Canoe the Coorong led activities on the Murray, a caravan and camping exhibition and lots more.
Media contact: Jen Whitehorn – MRTA Chair, Co-coordinator Floatfest
M: 0448 533 147
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