Join the Fun by Floating and/or Volunteering

Fairbanks Paddlers and The Folk School are teaming up to bring back the Paddlers’ Wooden Boat Rondy, an event Paddlers used to hold each year until a few years ago.

This will be a chance to float the Chena River through Fairbanks on or in any kind of river-worthy, human-powered boat, wooden or otherwise (pack rafts are very welcome!). The float will go from Graehl Landing to the Pioneer Park boat launch. At Pioneer Park, we’ll have a BBQ on the lawn (maybe with pizza from the Folk School pizza oven), with boats on display and the chance to visit with river folks. The BBQ will be free, but it will be a potluck, so please bring a dish to share or a few dollars to donate. Paddlers will be providing the core BBQ chow (with vegetarian options).

All the details are here: (with more details coming!)

We are in need of volunteers as well. If you would like to volunteer at the event, please contact Don Kiely at (best) or call 907-457-1219. In particular, we need help with organizing boats and parking at Graehl, judging, and clean up, as well as other logistics on the day. Thanks!

Rumor has it that the brand new handcrafted, traditional birch bark canoe that Randy Brown’s class is building this week at The Folk School will make an appearance! Come and see how cool these boats can be.

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