For months now everybody has been watching the level of the water in the Swartvlei estuary in Sedgefield and there has been a lot of speculation about when Sanparks would open the mouth. With water levels not allowing for the mouth to be breached, this not looking likely in the near future and has meant that even the organisers of the Anything That Floats are bemoaning this fact, with a new venue having to be found for the event. The usual venue behind Placid Waters is partly under water and very soggy.
The new spot that was selected for the sixth Anything That Floats event, to be held during the eighth annual Slow Festival (14-16 April), is the Fish Eagle Green on the Island in Sedgefield. There is ample space for building your masterpiece while having a picnic. Parking space will also not be a problem
Bev Alberts, event organiser said, “Eleven teams entered last year’s competition, every team thinking that their design was the one that would win the day. The ages of last year’s participants ranged from as young as 4 years to rather mature, but they all had one thing in common: they were ready to have a lot of fun! We’re hoping that this year corporate groups and holidaying students will come and put their raft-building skills to the test too!”
The new venue will most probably bring with it new challenges and some new rules but once again it promises to be the most fun event on the calendar. Hopefuls have already enquired about the event and a very reliable source tweeted that after proving last year that they could build something that could finish the race, this year team EDGE are going for speed!
BRING THE FAMILY TO WATCH THE FUN
Not up to building a barge? No problem, just be sure to come and watch the trials, tribulations and hilarity at race time, from 12h00, on the banks of the Swartvlei lagoon.
Take note that these are the basic rules: no arks, barges, canoes, catamarans, dinghies, gondolas, lifeboats, sailboats, schooners, ships, sloops, steamboats, yachts, etc. will be allowed. Gather building material from around your house: cardboard, wood, plastic soft drink bottles, pvc, duct tape, buckets, old furniture, old bikes or pool noodles – anything that will float – and come and build your masterpiece on the Saturday 15th April from 08h00.
For more information, see www.slowfestival.co.za or contact Cornel, 073 870 0352 or Beverly, 044 343 1628. Entry forms are available at the Sedgefield pharmacy.