Secretive ways are continuing around Clark Lake. If a stranger were to visit, he or she might wonder what’s up with these people? What are they hiding? As those who live at the lake know, the work going on now must be kept under cover; and communications, sotto voce. The preparations are for the 55th Raft-O-Rama this Sunday (August 2). Extraordinary feats of creativity and engineering are taking place even as you read this. The goal is to convince the independent judges that their raft, created around the theme “Festivals”, should be declared a winner. And for the rest of us, it’s a show not to be missed.
Rafts assemble at the head-of-the-lake at 10 am and the parade begins at 10:30 am. The decorated rafts follow the shoreline moving in a counter-clockwise direction.
Raft registration is tomorrow (Friday) 7 to 9 pm at the Beach Bar or Saturday 7 pm to 9 pm at the Shipwreck Party Store on Eagle Point. If you’re at the Beach Bar on Friday evening, you may also want to meet the greatest American marathon runner of all time between 6 and 8 pm. Bill Rodgers will be featured during preregistration for Run Clark Lake to take place Saturday morning.
For lots of R-O-R details, scroll down for the “Ten Things You Need to Know about Raft-O-Rama”.
As regular viewers of this website already know, the fireworks scheduled for tomorrow evening (July 31) have been cancelled due to insurance and liability issues. The Raft-O-Rama committee is discussing rescheduling them at a later date. The “Ten Things…” mailer also noted there was to be an Harvest Moon event on August 29. That also has been cancelled.
Meanwhile, new Raft-O-Rama goodies are turning into hot items. The towels are a particular hit, and have sold out. A new supply should be available at Doyles by tomorrow (Friday).
The new line of t-shirts just arrived today. They are now on display and available to purchase at Doyles. They are particularly eye-catching, and if you’re interested, don’t delay. (Click first photo to enlarge, then click on right of photo to move to the next one).
Hats are always popular, and this year Raft-O-Rama introduces a new design.
The full range of Raft-O-Rama goodies may be purchased at the Point on Sunday during the Lion’s Club Chicken Broil and R-O-R awards ceremony. This year the committee will be accepting credit cards.