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Floatfest 2018

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Paddles to the Ready
Floatfest 2018 promises a packed weekend of family fun and activities on and off the water at Murray Bridge. Floatfest has been promoting fun and safety along the Murray River since 2014 and in 2018 is again set to be held at Sturt Reserve at Murray Bridge. Sturt Reserve is an iconic location featuring wide open grassy spaces and a long, gentle riverbank that offers safe and easy access to the water for people of all ages and ability.

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Record count at Floatfest 2015 - Mannum Waters Marina (Courtesy - Facebook)

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Sturt Reserve seen from across the river

Plenty of prizes are on offer for participating in the events held across the weekend. The events include:

Inflatable Regatta (bring anything that floats! From li-los to inflatable unicorns!)
Short races
Two record attempts
Most kayaks and canoes floating together as a raft
Most kayaks and canoes lined up along the banks

The Marathon Canoe Club of SA is running their popular canoe marathons on Sunday. Come to watch how the professionals do it and if you want, you can join them! There's a race for people of all skill and fitness levels to take part in! If you're game, you can register beforehand or on the day.

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Marathon Canoe Club (Courtesy - Facebook)

You can explore all the fun of kayaking with demonstrations by Canoe the Coorong, take part in obstacle courses, and try out stand up paddle boards (SUPs). The canoe trails on the river start and end at Sturt Reserve and offer self-guided kayak tours which highlight the history of the river nearby. The paddle wheeler Captain Proud cruises from the wharf for three-hour lunch cruises both days and
Sailability SA will teach you how to sail in small boats.

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Captain Proud at the wharf

There will also be plenty to see and do on the riverbank. There's a roving circus and circus workshops by Circus Elements, lucky duck hunts, giant playgrounds, Scouts SA activities and heaps of food and drink options. There'll also be information and a selection of gear available from Rays and BCF. You'll be able to learn about and try a range of SUP's from Rays and Stand Up Paddle SA.

Floatfest works with Can:Do 4Kids as a charity partner and $1 from every regatta registration goes to support their work with vision and hearing impaired South Australian kids. Floatfest and Can:Do 4Kids host busloads of vision and hearing-impaired kids every year to give them a free opportunity to get out on the water and try kayaking (often for the first time) in a safe and guided experience.

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Come and try kayaking!

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Plenty to see and do (and try and buy) at Floatfest!

Registration for the inflatable floating regatta on Saturday is $13. Online Registration for the world record attempts on Sunday is from $12.60. The event is run as not for profit as this covers the cost of insurance and safety boats. You can register online at Registration will be available at the event until the record attempts start at Sturt reserve on the weekend.

Don't have a kayak? Kayak and canoe hire will be available at the event. Check here for details.

Floatfest was instigated by the Murraylands Regional Tourist Association in 2014 to promote the Murraylands region and encourage people to come up to visit and linger longer. It's run by a proud team of hard-working volunteers who ensure a safe event and that there is plenty to see and do.

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Floatfest 2017

Bring the family up to Murray Bridge to enjoy a grassroots event in superb autumn weather by the beautiful Murray River.
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Why? Family fun and learning about safety on the Murray River.
When: April 7th and 8th, 2018
Phone: 0448 533 147
Where: Sturt Reserve, Murray Bridge, South Australia
Cost: $13
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