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Rome's Big Float set for June 4

An Adventure For Anything That Floats Your Boat

Rome's Big Float

The event formerly known as WATERFEST is now Rome's Big Float, featuring a 6-mile float trip on the Etowah River from Dixon Landing to Heritage Park in downtown Rome for canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, tubes, rafts and anything else that floats your boat (so long as it actually floats). 


Prizes will be awarded in multiple categories including best decorated vessel, best costume, best homemade raft, largest flotilla and more. 


CRBI invites civic, church and school groups as well as businesses to create their own rafts or flotillas of tubes and enjoy the day on the beautiful Etowah. Our goal is to fill the river with vessels such that a squirrel could bound from one side of the river to the other without getting its feet wet. 

Following the float, River Dog Outpost will host a rocking after party at their beer garden overlooking the Etowah River in downtown Rome. 

schedule of events:

9:00 a.m. Registration begins at Dixon Landing at Grizzard Park 
9:30 a.m. Shuttles from Heritage Park begin
10:00 a.m. Judging of vessels, costumes begins 
10:30 a.m. Last shuttle leaves from Heritage Park 
10:50 a.m. Safety Briefing and Winners Announced
11:00 a.m. Boats launch 
12:30 p.m. Doors open and live music begins at River Dog Outpost 
1:00-until?? SweetWater & River Dog Outpost After Party
Day of registrations are accepted beginning at 9 a.m. at Dixon Landing in Grizzard Park, but event t-shirts cannot be guaranteed. All shuttles will be provided prior to launch. If you are registering on the day of the event, you should arrive at Grizzard Park no later than 9:30 a.m., register, drop your vessel, and then drive to Heritage Park to park your vehicle at the take out site. A shuttle bus will then carry you back to Grizzard Park. 

Not sure if you're ready to float? CLICK HERE to sign up to volunteer at the event!

CRBI supporters will have the opportunity to win great prizes including a new canoe through a Float-a-thon in which participants raise money to support CRBI programs. The top fundraisers will take home the prizes!  

Float-a-thon Fundraiser

raft pic
Great prizes will be up for grabs in our Float-a-thon fundraiser, including canoes and kayaks, outdoor clothing, and much much more! Get your online fundraising page set up and get started in your quest to win the top prizes now. Setting up a page at our website makes it easy for you to contact hundreds of your friends and family via e-mail and social media. CLICK HERE TO SET UP YOUR FUNDRAISING PAGE! 



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