Delta Ducky Derby!
Lower Mississippi River Dispatch No 350
Friday, May 26, 2016
Spring 2017: St. Louis to Gulf of Mexico: 1155 miles of free-flowing river!
The Rivergator Celebratory Expedition -- New Dates: March 14th to May 5th, 2017
Due to the catastrophic flooding we suffered in March, we are backing up the dates on the Rivergator Celebratory Expedition from Fall 2016 to Spring 2017. If you have been thinking about joining us for this 6-week celebration from St. Louis to the Gulf of Mexico, please adjust the dates on your calendar: March 14th to May 5th, 2017. Exact itinerary and more details forthcoming.
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Upcoming River Events:
Sat June 4 — Island Paddle Fest on June 4 in Columbus, MS
Registration is available at www.islandpaddlefest.org
Sat June 11 — Helena, Arkansas: Delta Ducky Derby
To benefit the Helena Humane Society. Building on last year’s success. Race in big canoes from Buck to Helena Harbor. Each ten person team is encouraged to decorate their canoe with a headdress. Followed by 1500 rubber duckies racing on the river at 11 am. Prize money will be awarded to the winning team of canoe racers. See below for complete details.
Sat June 18 — 35th Annual Outdoors Inc Canoe & Kayak Race, Memphis, TN
Biggest Canoe & Kayak Race in SE United States! 2.3 mile river race along Mud Island, under the M Bridge, and into downtown Memphis via the Wolf River Harbor.
For registration go to https://racesonline.com/events/outdoors-inc-canoe-and-kayak-race
Upcoming in Sept/Oct 2016: Dave Cornthwaite and Emily Penn’s Exploring Mindset! Now filling seats for this life-changing expedition to two of the coolest people in the universe! Unparalleled experience on the Mississippi River full of wonder, mystery, beauty, grace, soulful depth, hope and inspiration! Go to: http://exploremindset.strikingly.com for signup and more information.
Delta Ducky Derby
9am Sat June 11th
Gloria Higginbothom and Rhonnie Crowley of Helena’s Humane Society of the Delta have partnered with John Ruskey of Clarksdale and Helena’s Quapaw Company to grow their Delta Ducky Derby fundraising event by adding a canoe race on the main channel of the Mississippi River at Helena, Ruskey’s Race for the Rescue, to the fundraiser’s lineup of events for 2016.
Ruskey’s Race to the Rescue will consist of a series of heats in hand hewn, wooden, ten person canoes launching from Buck Island and racing on the Mississippi River at Helena. Each ten person team is encouraged to decorate their canoe with a headdress. Cost per ten person team is $1000 or $100 per person. Race for the Rescue will begin at 9 am on Saturday, June 11, 2016, and will precede the main event of 1500 rubber duckies racing on the river at 11 am. Prize money will be awarded to the winning team of canoe racers.
Delta Ducky Derby was started in 2015 to raise funds to support the Humane Society of the Delta. The HSD is run solely on donations and supports 175 animals and spay and neuter clinics, and provides transport for animals placed in permanent homes outside the area.
For more information about the Delta Ducky Derby Contact:
Humane Society of the Delta
For more photos of the Lower Miss and more reading, go to www.rivergator.org
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Clarksdale, Mississippi ~ Helena, Arkansas