LOCAL NEWS

Paddle Sugar Creek on Saturday

Saturday is going to be a busy day on Montgomery County’s major waterway with two popular events sponsored by the Friends of Sugar Creek.

The Annual Family Float Trip begins at 9 a.m. Saturday followed by the re-scheduled Friends of Sugar Creek Canoe race at 1 p.m. The canoe race was originally scheduled for May 20, but race officials were forced to postpone it due to inclement weather.

Race officials have said the only thing changed about the race is the day, and hopefully the weather.

“We are excited to get the race in this weekend,” said Heather Shirk, Montgomery County Visitors Bureau Director and race committee member. “We are thankful that all the volunteers are willing to go this weekend as they were in May. The Friends of Sugar Creek have done a good job coordinating both events this Saturday.”

For those still wanting to register for the race they may do so beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday at Sugar Creek Campground, which is the starting line for the 15.5 mile race. Each paddler will get a goodie bag and a watercraft identification number. After a 1 p.m. safety meeting of all racers, recreational paddlers will start at 1:15 p.m. and the United State Canoe Association paddlers’ race will begin at 1:30 p.m.

Registration fees are $20 for USCA entries; $10 for recreational adults; and $5 for ages 5-18. There is no fee for retired military and active military personnel. Canoes or kayaks can be rented from either Clements Canoe Rentals or Sugar Creek Campground if needed. There will be a shuttle service provided free of charge by the Crawfordsville Park and Recreation Department for paddlers who need a ride back to the starting position.

The race concludes at Deers Mill with an awards ceremony scheduled around 4 p.m.

The family float trip will launch at the Coke Plant on Lafayette Avenue and ends at Yountsville Bridge. Families are encouraged to leisurely travel the route and enjoy the sites of the creek.

Canoes can be rented from Clements Canoe Rentals. However, the FSC will sponsor the first 10 canoes for participating families needing to rent a watercraft.

For more information about either event, contact FSC president Cindy Woodall at 765-364-0050.