LACONIA — On Sunday, August 3, NH LAKES' LakeFest 2014: Raft-a-Palooza, presented by Binnie Media, will take over Lake Winnipesaukee's Endicott Rock Park in Laconia in the hunt for Guinness gold.
Raft-a-Palooza is an attempt to capture the Guinness World Record for the largest free floating raft of canoes and kayaks; organizers have their sights set on more than 2,100 boats. Until Memorial Day, Raft-a-Palooza registration is just $5 per boat; online registration is simple and fast at www.nhlakefest.org.
Raft-a-Palooza attracts paddlers of all ages and levels of experience. Reasonably priced boat rentals are available during online registration: single kayak ($30), canoe ($40), tandem (2-person) kayak ($45). Rental boats will be available for on-the-beach pick up.
New to Raft-a-Palooza this year are an expanded team competition, incentives for optional fundraising, and an exciting Share the Fun – Share the Funds program to benefit area nonprofits and local lake groups. Visit www.nhlakefest.org or call 603-226-0299 to learn more.
In addition to offering a fun-filled day of paddling and on-shore entertainment, LakeFest also educates the boating public about the vital Clean, Drain & Dry! technique to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. Funds raised through LakeFest 2014 directly support NH LAKES' work to protect local lakes and their watersheds through education and advocacy. Since 2002, hundreds of paid and volunteer NH LAKES Lake Hosts have conducted more than 576,000 courtesy boat inspections and have made more than 1,409 "saves" of aquatic invasive plant fragments that were about to enter or had just left a waterbody.