Stylish rafters preparing for extravaganza
Who says that you can't float a river dressed like a clown, cowboy or viking?
Stylish rafters have a little more than a week to tweak their costumes and decorate water crafts. The 43rd annual Gasquet Raft Races are next Saturday, July 14.
After a record-breaking 174 rafters participated last year, the organizers of this year's race are motivated to go bigger still.
"We have way more vendors than last year, but we'd still like to have some more," said coordinator Jina Bowen.
Face painting, a silent auction, and a raffle are a few of the new features that will be at the post-race party at the American Legion Hall in Gasquet.
Large inner tubes (donated by Les Schwab) will be also available for
sale and rent.
Vendors interested in setting up shop at the Legion Hall should
contact Jina Bowen at 707-954-1836.
Crowd favorites like the deep-pit barbecue and Katie's famous
margaritas will be on scene, while classic rock band Border Coast
entertains with live music.
Race competition will be divided into eight categories based on age
and mode of transportation (kayakers, oar-driven rafts and hand-paddled
Hand-crafted trophies designed like wooden ores will be given to the
fastest group from each category, the best costume and the most unusual
raft. The trophies were created and donated by Jed Smith Redwood Burl
Rafters are encouraged to download a registration form from the
Gasquet Raft Races Facebook page to avoid standing in long lines on race
Registration for the race runs from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the
Forks in Gasquet. The cost is $15 per participant, which includes an
Raffle prizes include a $400 fishing prize for two with Kevin Hicks
guide service, a $375 chair from Roxco Furniture, a $275 car detail from
California Auto Image, a two-night stay at Middle Fork Ranch and a $150
gift certificate for Les Schwab Tires.
Last year, the American Legion post in Gasquet was able to raise
around $11,000 from the races, which was used to pay for a new roof for
This year, the goal is to raise enough to pay for a new generator to
be shared by the American Legion and the Gasquet Fire Department to be
used for emergency situations.
For more information, contact Bowen at 707-954-1836.