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B'ville seeks salty sailors and clever craftsmen

On Saturday July 12, an unusual assortment of hopefully seaworthy crafts will attempt to stay afloat and wind their way down the Seneca River during the annual Anything That Floats contest.

Sponsored by Bucci Law Firm, this is one of the most popular events of the Baldwinsville Rotary Club's Seneca River Days. All with dreams of ship building or sailing, both men and women 16 years of age and older are invited to put their imaginations to work and construct a craft capable of floating slightly more than one quarter-mile from Cooper's Marina on Route 370 to Mercer Park. Written parental permission is required for participants under 18.

With a few simple rules, a wide variety of floats have been constructed over the years. Each must be an original and no kit-made vessels are allowed. Size is limited to no more than nine feet wide and the cost of new materials may not exceed $50. Creative use of recycled materials is unlimited.

In past competitions, Styrofoam, PCV pipes, plastic bags, bottles, balloons, tires, ladies hose, pool noodles, even a wooden door, have been transformed into semi seaworthy crafts. No fuel or engines are permitted in this pollution free competition. Coast Guard approved life jackets are required and no alcohol may be consumed prior to or during the event.

New and returning entrants are encouraged to compete and to pre-register for the event.

Challenges between neighbors, families, businesses and service clubs are encouraged. Small cash prizes will be awarded in a variety of categories.

Entries should be brought to Cooper's Marina by 1:15 p.m. Saturday July 12. The starting horn will blow promptly at 2:15. Spectators get the best view by being on the river shore in Mercer Park as the floats approach the finish line.

The town of Van Buren Supervisor Claude Sykes, town of Lysander Supervisor Barry Bullis and the village of Baldwinsville Mayor Joseph Saraceni will serve as judges and will decide the prize categories. Just about every entrant is guaranteed to be a winner.

Last minute entrants will not be turned away, but it is strongly recommended that entrants pre-register to prevent confusion and delays at the start of the event. Entrance forms are available at Cooper's Marina or by sending a request by e-mail to nwidman1@twcny.rr.com.

For more information, contact Norma Widmann of the Baldwinsville Rotary Club at 638-47686 or 345-8618.

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