Montague raft race being revived for Summer Days

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After a 20-year hiatus, the Montague raft race is coming back as part of the Summer Days festival July 13.

MONTAGUE — The 30th annual revival of the famous Montague raft race will be held next month as part of the town’s Summer Days event.

After a 20-year hiatus, the raft race will be back and town co-ordinator Andrew Rowe is hoping for a large turnout of entries eager for the fun and the $500 cash prize.

“It’s been the mid-’90s since the last time it was held,’’ said Rowe. “It seemed like a good thing to bring back for a bit of fun and competition.”

The raft race will begin at Harbourview Drive and participants will ride the incoming tide to the Montague bridge.

Entry forms are available from town hall or the town website and rules are provided.

The race starts at 5 p.m. on July 13 before the entertainment and fireworks.

“Families can enter, businesses, a bunch of friends and anyone from anywhere can join in,’’ said Rowe.

The raft can’t be motorized and must be powered by two paddles or oars only.

In the past, the Montague raft race featured as many at 30 rafts enjoying a trip down the river complete with sound systems, guitars and lots of cold beer.

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  • Justin James
    June 22, 2014 - 19:33

    WOW! I can't believe it! Montague is actually doing something for its own people's enjoyment and community... Not just tourism??? Keep up the good work and it might even be a great town once again. I'm happy for the town's community and I might even make a trip back to my home town to see this event.

  • Bill
    June 21, 2014 - 18:57

    AWESOME, unfortunately I will not be home for it this year, I was in the very last raft race. Hopefully there will be regulations for what the raft is made of and how it is made because the last time, there were people with welded aluminum catamarans supposedly competing. lol. This was one of the most enjoyable activities that I have ever taken part of. Next year maybe......HOPEFULLY this will be an annual activity from now on.