Canoe and kayaking enthusiasts will make their way to Webster City on Saturday as the community once again hosts the annual Boone Bash River Dash.
About 100 participants are expected to take part in the races. The Iowa Games are holding an Adventure Race in conjunction with the Boone Bash River Dash. The third annual cardboard regatta will also be held during the event.
According to committee member Brian Stroner, those taking part in the canoe and kayak races will likely have a wide range of experience.
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Joseph and Jeff Hovinga paddle along in the adult/child division of the 2011 Boone Bash River Dash. The Hovingas placed first in their division last year.
"Then there are those who are more of the weekend warrior-type," Stroner said. Some, he said, take a more leisurely approach to the event, just enjoying a warm summer day on the river.
The canoe and kayak races offer options for canoeing enthusiasts, including open class solo races for men or women and tandem events.
Recreational classes include men's solo, womens solo, tandem races and adult-child pairs.
Registration begins at 8 a.m. and runs through 2 p.m. at Riverside Park (City Campgrounds). The races begin at 10 a.m. The course is 4.6 miles in length and ends up at Briggs Woods Park. The races will have staggered start times.
The cost to participate is $10 per person which comes with a T-shirt. Entrants are expected to follow safe boating rules and regulations as set forth by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, having their vessels registered and wearing life jackets.
Shuttles will be available for transportation back from Briggs Woods. Rental canoes will also be available if needed.
Following the races, a community-wide picnic will be held at 5:30 p.m. at West Twin Park. Childrens games and activities will be provided from 4 to 7 p.m.
The awards ceremony for the Boone Bash River Dash, the adventure races and the cardboard regatta will begin at 6 p.m. in the park with master of ceremonies Pat Powers.
New this year, is the Boone Bash Barbecue Dash, a contest that will put barbecue enthusiasts through their paces. The event is scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Briggs Woods Golf Course. Contestants can enter a variety of categories including beef brisket, pork ribs, pulled pork butt or shoulder, chicken and sauces. Information on how to register is available at www.boonebash.com
Battle of the bands
Area bands are invited to take part in the Boone Bash Battle of the Bands. Check out the Boone Bash website for rules and registration information.