It's time to start work on a sea-worthy craft to ply the waters of the Seneca River in the Anything That Floats contest. July 11 will be here before you know it.
The annual event, which has become one of the biggest attractions of the Rotary Club Seneca River Days, is due to launch at 2 p.m. Saturday July 11. Each year, contestants transform styrofoam, plastic bags, balloons, pool noodles, tires and other objects into mostly seaworthy creations.
The event originated with McHarrie Days, which preceded the Seneca River Days, and has continued uninterrupted throughout the 13 years of Seneca River Days. It is a hilarious event, fun for contestants as well as spectators. For floats that are less than seaworthy, the Baldwinsville Fire Department, along with divers, stands by ready to provide rescues.
The floats are original. No kit-made vessels are allowed. They are limited to 10 square feet at the bottom and may cost no more than $50. They are pollution free, using no fuel or engines.
The contest is open to anyone 16 years old or older. Those under 18 must have parental permission to captain or ride on a float. All must wear Coast Guard approved life jackets, and no alcohol consumption is permitted before or during the contest.
Challenges between neighborhoods, businesses and service clubs are encouraged. Small cash prizes are awarded in a variety of categories. Pre-registration is advised. Registration forms and rules are available at Cooper's Marina or can be had by calling Norma Widmann at 638-4786. Last minute registration begins at 1 p.m. at Cooper's Marina. Launch time is 2 p.m. For all the years of the Anything That Floats contest, Cooper's Marina has allowed the Rotary Club to use their facilities.