The Emmy-winner aka Dick Flood will have swamp critters accompany him as they tell wildlife stories and demonstrate how man and nature coexist. His performances Saturday (at 1 and 3:15 p.m.) are part of CRBIs free all-day environmental fair from 9 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. at the park.
The fair includes a Kayak Tug-O-War contest, exhibits by environmental groups and businesses, animal exhibits, Captain Planet, an environmental quiz bowl for area elementary schools, a scavenger hunt for kids as well as canoe and kayak demos and test rides.
Meanwhile on the Oostanaula River, more than 150 canoeists and kayakers will paddle in a 13-mile Canoe-a-thon and Race from Armuchee to Ridge Ferry Park.
This is CRBIs annual spring fundraiser. All the money raised supports our efforts to keep our rivers and streams clean and healthy so that we and our children can continue to paddle, boat, swim and fish in these waterways. said Joe Cook, CRBI executive director and riverkeeper. This is the seventh year weve held the canoe-a-thon and race and our third year for the fair, and each year the event grows. Were very excited about the addition of the Kayak Tug-O-War, Okefenokee Joes performances and Captain Planet.
Exhibitors include the Floyd County Master Gardeners who will help visitors build bluebird boxes; Grandfather Redwolf, a Native American storyteller; and nature centers showing local reptiles and amphibians.
Registration takes place until start time for the Canoe-a-thon and Race and the Kayak Tug-O-War. The Kayak Tug-O-War begins today at 5 p.m. with opening rounds of adult divisions, and continues Saturday at 9 a.m. with competition in 10 childrens divisions, including a special parent/child division beginning at 1:45 p.m. Finals of the adult divisions will be held at 4 p.m. Registration fees are $15 for solo and $30 for tandem teams.
Canoe-a-thon and Race registration wraps up at 10 a.m. Saturday at the park with the final shuttles to the starting point leaving at 10:30 a.m. Canoe-a-thon entry fees are $60 for tandem boats and $50 for solos. Participants receive a T-shirt and a years membership in CRBI. Registration forms are available by calling 706-232-2724, or you may register online at www.coosa.org.