May 17, 2014

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Announcing the 2014 Chalk Banks Challenge and River Festival

Announcing the 2014 Chalk Banks Challenge and River Festival. The fun will be held on Saturday, May 17th from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the Chalk Banks Access Area - Lumber River State Park in Wagram, NC.

Contestants may compete in raft, recreational canoe or kayak races. The Festival will also feature a 5K Trail Run that will loop through Chalk Banks Access Area.

The highlight of the day will be the homemade raft race. A Scotland County tradition, raft races will be divided into two classes: single person and group (two or more people). All rafts must be homemade and may not be motorized in any way. Trophies will be awarded to the winners.

New this year will be the addition of a Corn Hole Tournament. The competition will provide for 16 2-person teams (registration is the day of the contest and costs $10) and there will be $200 in cash prizes.

The Festival will include a raffle:
---1st prize $300 gift card from Dick's
---2nd place $100 gas card from Nic's Pic Kwik.

Tickets: $2 a piece - 3 for $5. Tickets may be purchased at the following locations:
---- Laurinburg Chamber of Commerce,
---- Morgan Complex Recreations Center (Turnpike Road in Laurinburg),
---- The Wagram Town Center,
---- or by calling (910) 280-1644

8:30 - 10:00 - Canoe & Kayak Registration

10:00 - 11:00 - Raft & Runner Registration - Corn Hole registration
(Corn Hole - $10 day of the event)

10:00 - Festival Opens

10:30 - NCCRA Recreational Kayak K-1 State Championship

10:40 - NCCRA Recreational Canoe C-2 State Championship

11:00 - Raft Races

11:30 - Corn Hole Tournament Begins

12:00 - 5K Trail Run

12:30 - Kid's Olympics Begin - Kid's wet t-shirt relay, hollering contest, bubble gum blowing contest and more

2:00 - Awards and Raffle Drawing

Music, food vendors, canoe rides, kids games, demonstrators and nature displays go on throughout the day.

Contact Information

For more information on the canoe & kayak races, please contact
Mickey Turlington of the North Carrolina Canoe Racing Association
at 910-904-1578 or by email at

For raft, 5K or overall event information, contact the Lumber River State Park
at 910-628-4564 or by email at