First Annual Anything That Floats Race Coming Soon to Rockford

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ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- An old Rock River tradition is making a comeback after a 16-year hiatus.

The Nicholas Conservatory team's raft is going to be one of 100 flotation devices racing on the Rock River.

The race will be held on the third Sunday in August, from the Auburn Street Bridge to the Prairie Street Brewhouse, a conveniently chosen finish line for racer to celebrate their finish.

Race organizers say it's a tribute to the old radio station promotional raft races.

"You know there's much more activity along the river here. It's something I enjoyed seeing as a child, I talked to some other folks in town and they had great things to say about it and wanted to be involved in it, and everyone was on board about bringing it back," said Race Chairman and Prairie Street Brewhouse VP, Chris Manuel.

Profits from the first annual Anything That Floats race will help pay for thins like fireworks on the 4th of July, Ski Broncs activities, and Rock River clean-up efforts. Those things cost more than $100,000 every year.

Races go from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, August 21, but the deadline to register is August 1.

The cost is $100 per team. Registration is now open. To register, please click on the attached related link for more information.

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