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Join the greatest spectacle in paddling on the Wabash River! - Tournament team entries are now complete, but there’s still time to register your youth team for the morning challenge race against Cary Home!  And, if you’re not paddling this year, you can still be involved by sponsoring a team in the 2016 Riverfest Voyageur Canoe Races!  Teams of nine with at least two female paddlers will begin dual-heat, 300 yard sprint races at 9:30 am!

Morning Challenge Races - Cheer on Cary Home vs. a local youth organization team, Ivy Tech students vs. staff, and Tippecanoe County vs. Purdue as teams go head to head in the morning challenge races!  There’s still room for a youth team to challenge Cary Home.  Contact Jon Munn at jmunn@westlafayette.in.gov to be part of the action!  Want to support the morning challenge races, but don’t want to paddle?  Be a part of the action and sponsor one of these non-profit challenge races by contacting Sara Peel at speel@wabashriver.net.

City Challenge – The competition between the cities will be fierce again this year, as the City of West Lafayette attempts to regain the Beaver Trophy from last year’s winner, the City of Lafayette.  Don’t miss this race at noon!

Tournament Races – Afternoon races will pit local businesses against each other in the single elimination 2016 Riverfest Voyageur Canoe Tournament!  This year’s tournament bracket draw will be held at 1:00 pm Saturday, June 25th at People’s Brewing Company, 2006 N Ninth St, Lafayette, IN.

Practice! - Did you know there are paddling techniques that propel a canoe faster?  Be sure your team is ready to win by attending practice on the evening of July 7th at the Mascouten Park Boat Ramp.  Contact Jon Munn at jmunn@westlafayette.in.gov or (765) 418-7553 to arrange for your practice time.

Registration and Other Details - Due to great interest in this year’s event, tournament team canoes are filled. There’s still room for one youth team to challenge Cary Home in the morning. Contact Jon Munn at jmunn@westlafayette.in.gov or (765)418-7553 to register!  Voyageur canoes, life jackets, and paddles will be supplied by Wabash Riverfest. We encourage teams to show team pride with team t-shirts and banners. Water will be available from Indiana American Water located near the Riverside Skating Center. Water cups should be available but we encourage you to bring your own. Food vendors will be available throughout the day and we encourage you to participate in festival activities.

Safety – Wabash Riverfest’s voyageur canoe races are dictated by safe river conditions.  Races will not occur if water levels are above seven feet.  The race course may be shortened due to low water conditions but will not change throughout the day’s event. Registrations support the Wabash River Enhancement Corporation and are non-refundable.