Costumed racers will scramble down the rocks near the Horace Gasquet Bridge for a paddle down the Smith River on Saturday.

Sponsored by the Gasquet American Legion Post 548, the 48th-annual Gasquet Raft Races will start with the crack of a pistol at high noon where the river’s north and middle forks converge and paddle 2 1/2 miles downstream to the Mary Adams Peacock bridge.

Entries will be accepted 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. on the day of the race.

Racers will be divided into eight categories based on the craft they’re using and their ages. Spectators will see inflatable kayaks, oar-driven rafts and hand-paddled rafts float down the Smith.

Plaques will be awarded to winners in each category. There will also be cash prizes for best costume and most decorated/unusual raft.

Skippers must be 12 years old and all participants 18 years and under must have a parent’s signature of consent on the entry form. All rafts, kayaks and flotation devices must be inflatable. No glass, Styrofoam containers or nails can be used in the construction of the raft.

Unsportsmanlike conduct or littering will disqualify a racer.

The registration fee is $15 for each person in the raft. The entry fee includes a t-shirt. To register online, visit www.gasquetraftrace.com.

The Gasquet American Legion post will also host a deep pit barbecue starting at noon at the American Legion Hall, 1555 Gasquet Flat Road. The cost of the barbecue is $10.

For more information, call 707-954-1836.

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