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CRBI hopes to set world record during BIG Float June 2


The 2017 Welland Floatfest in Ontario, Canada set the Guiness World Record for longest line of water inflatables. In June, participants in the CRBI Rome's Big Float will attempt to break that record. / Photo courtesy of Guiness Book of World Records

On June 2, the Coosa River Basin Initiative looks to put the Etowah River in the Guinness World Records book by creating the “longest line of water inflatables” during Rome’s Big Float.

The record to break is a 543-foot-long line of more than 100 inflatables created in 2017 at the Welland FloatFest in Canada.

“We’re shooting for a mile-long chain of about 1,000 people,” said Jesse Demonbreun-Chapman, Executive Director & Riverkeeper. “So we need civic, school, church and other groups to help us reach that goal. If we are successful, this will likely be the largest ever gathering of humans on Rome’s rivers.”

Groups of 25 or more receive discount registrations of $20 per person. Each participant receives an event T-shirt, tube rental, shuttles to and from the river, and for adults, a complimentary SweetWater beer during a party at River Dog Outpost following the float.

The six-mile river float will end at Bridgepoint Plaza where a picnic and party is planned on the lawn outside Moe’s Original Bar B Que from 2-6 p.m. Music and games will be provided along with food and refreshments from Moe’s, Kona Ice and Swift & Finch.

On the water, tubers and boaters will be serenaded by the sounds of local bluegrass and country music artists, The Barbaric Yawps, who will perform from a floating stage throughout the six-mile journey.

Awards will be given for the largest group, the most spirited group and the best costumed group. River Dog Outpost overlooking the Etowah will also host an after party with live music and will serve up the complimentary SweetWater for adult participants.

Those interested in participating parties can contact CRBI Membership and Events Coordinator Shira Kerce at 706-232-2724 or email to register their group and receive a special registration code.