Montague raft race being revived for Summer Days

Published on June 20, 2014
After a 20-year hiatus, the Montague raft race is coming back as part of the Summer Days festival July 13.
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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.