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WATERFEST XIV Set For May 2-3, 2014

CRBI's Paddlesports & Environmental Education Extravaganza

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CRBI's 14th annual paddlesports and environmental education extravaganza is set for May 2-3, 2014 at Rome's Ridge Ferry Park on the Oostanaula River. Join us for paddle-powered fun including our 13-Mile Canoe and Kayak Race on the Oostanaula, Canoe & Kayak Tug-O-Wars in our mammoth Big Cedar Creek pool and our Environmental Fair with exhibits, Environmental Scavenger Hunt for kids, live animal demonstrations from Coosa River Science School, great food and the Environmental Quiz Bowl competition for area elementary schools.


Registering to participate in our 13-Mile Oostanaula River Race

Registering your team in the Canoe Tug-O-Wars

Competing for prizes (and glory) in the WATERFEST Canoe-a-thon Fundraising event.

And New at WATERFEST this year:

Three Rivers Kayak Fishing Tournament (presented by Cohutta Fishing Company)

WATERFEST 5K and Fun Run, with a water slide at the finish line! (brought to you by GoGo Running)

Scroll down to learn more about each of these events.

Click here to view photos from last year's WATERFEST on CRBI's Facebook Page


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Cedar Park 2011
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Schedule of Events

(Tentative schedule - subject to change)

Friday May 2

5-8 p.m.: Kayak Tug-O-Wars (Children's Divisions Begin at 5 p.m. followed by adult divisions)

Saturday May 3

7:00 a.m.: Check In and Registration for Kayak Fishing Tournament

8:30 a.m.: WATERFEST 5K and Fun Run begins

8-9:30 a.m.:  Race Boat Drop off At Hwy 140 in Armuchee

7-10 a.m.: Race Registration at Ridge Ferry Park

8:30-10 a.m.: Recreational Class Race Launch in Armuchee

10 a.m.: Environmental Fair Opens

10:30 a.m.: Open Class Race Launch in Armuchee

Noon: Reptile and Raptor shows by Coosa River Science School

1:30 p.m.: Canoe Tug-O-Wars Begin

2:00 p.m.: Race Awards

3:00 p.m.: Canoe-a-thon Awards

4:00 p.m.: Kayak Fishing Tournament awards

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Harbin Clinic

 International Paper


13-Mile Oostanuala River Race

Kayak Paddler

We call it a race, but if you'd like to kick back and drift as you enjoy the beautiful Oostanaula, we encourage you to do so!

For those that want to grab the glory, prizes will be awarded for top finishers in multiple categories. Last year our fastest paddler, Richard Stewart of Decatur, completed the 13 miles in a blistering time of 1 hour 26 minutes.

This course is a flatwater run from Armuchee to Rome. Along the way you'll paddle between ancient islands, over a Native American fish weir and through bucolic northern Floyd County. Don't be surprised if you discover a mussel or two along the way!

Registration fees are $40 for solo boats and $50 for tandem boats through Apr. 26. Fees increase by $10 after Apr. 26. Complimentary canoes and kayaks are available while they last. Don't hesitate, reserve your boats now! Your registration fee includes shuttles to launch site, t-shirt and SWAG bag.


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Terra 2011


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Canoe Tug-O-Wars

Canoe Tugs

The most fun you'll ever have in two feet of water! In 2012, 18 teams fought it out  for our top cash prize. This year's event is expected to be even bigger!

How does it work? Simple. We tie two canoes together, stern-to-stern, put three paddlers in each canoe and let 'er rip. The first team to paddle to their end of the pool wins! WATCH THE VIDEO.

 Registration fees are $80 for a four-person team through Apr. 26 (the 4th paddler is your us, after a couple of tugs you'll need a sub!) Fees increase by $20 after Apr. 26. Fees include event t-shirts and SWAG bags for all teammates. Winners receive a $200 cash prize, gift certificates to Longhorn's Steakhouse in Rome, a big gaudy trophy and braggin' rights. Runners up receive gift certificates from Provino's Italian Restaurant.

NEW THIS YEAR! Canoe Tug-O-Wars for Scouts. We're out to find which local Boy Scout Troop has the most paddling brawn. Register your team today and challenge another Troop to participate. Registration fees are $40 for four-person teams. Prizes will be awarded to the winners and runners up.


 Click here to view kayak and canoe tug-o-war photographs

WATERFEST 5K and Fun Run

Presented by GoGo Running and CRBI, the first annual WATERFEST 5K and Fun Run will splash into Ridge Ferry Park May 3 with a new kind of 5K - reward yourself at the finish line with a refreshing trip down a WATER SLIDE!!!

Three Rivers Kayak Fishing Tournament

Presented by Cohutta Fishing Company and CRBI, the Three Rivers Kayak Fishing Tournament joins WATERFEST this year. Twenty area anglers will compete for great prizes and bragging rights! The winner(s) will be determined based on the total length of 5 fish.
Registration is $50 for the Kayak Fishing Tournament, with an additional (optional) $10 to participate in the Big Fish Bet. The angler with the heaviest fish will win the Big Fish pot. 
Registration is limited to the first 20 paid participants; REGISTER FOR THE FIRST ANNUAL THREE RIVERS KAYAK FISHING TOURNAMENT ONLINE NOW!!

Prizes up for Grabs in Canoe-a-thon Competition

Old Town Canoe

More than $3000 in prizes will be awarded to the top fundraisers in our Canoe-a-thon competition so get out those contact lists and start generating some funds to protect your river!

Here's how it works: Solicit donations to protect the Coosa by downloading a Canoe-a-thon sheet OR set up your own online fundraising page and solicit your friends, family and business associates via e-mail, facebook and other social media.  It's simple and easy and they can make their donations online with a few mouse clicks. 


An Old Town Saranac 146 Canoe valued at $599 courtesy of Johnson Outdoors

A Perception Sport Kayak from Cedar Creek Park in Cave Spring valued at $319

Patagonia clothing

More prizes will be announced soon!

Set Up Your Fundraising Page at CRBI's Canoe-a-thon Website Follow this link and click the JOIN NOW button.

Download a Canoe-a-thon Pledge Sheet

Reptile and Raptor Shows Highlight Environmental Fair

Coosa River Science School logo
The WATERFEST Environmental Fair will feature live Reptile and Raptor displays and shows from Coosa River Science School. The Reptile Show will feature an American Alligator and the Raptor Show will feature a Bald Eagle named Leuc.
The Fair will also feature children's activities, construction of the "World's Largest Soda Bottle Raft," an Environmental Scavenger Hunt for Kids (and adults), great food from Ole Tymer BBQ, Papa Johns Pizza, Kaliedo Sno and CRBI and more!

Admission to the Fair is FREE!


Environmental Quiz Bowl Competition

Quiz Bowl

Are you smarter than a 4th grader? Find out at the Environmental Quiz Bowl competition at WATERFEST. Teams from area elementary schools will be going head-to-head to see which school has the most woods and water wits.

This is a great way to learn more about our rivers and North America's most biologically diverse river basin. Get your school involved today by contacting Amos Tuck at 706-232-2724.

Educational materials and study guides are now available. Winners receive gift certificates to Rome Movies, Tellus Museum passes and a framed photograph and plaque to display in their school. Papa John's Pizza, sponsors of the Quiz Bowl, will provide pizza lunch for all participants, and Panera Bread will provide dessert cookies!


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