GRAFTON— To kick off the start of their season, the Taylor County Adventure Club is hosting a “Float for Free” weekend, as a way to thank the community for their ongoing support.
According to Adventure Club member Bryan Smith, the organization is celebrating Independence Day weekend by offering residents a free float down the Tygart River.
“We have received so much support from our community over the last couple of years, and they are the reason for our success, so we wanted to start out the season by thanking them,” Smith commented.
While floating is free this weekend, Smith said that donations of any amount are always welcomed and accepted.
“Float for Free” weekend will begin on Friday, July 3 at 12:00 p.m., with participants meeting at the City Park, located at the foot of the Tygart Dam. From here floaters will board their tubes and be sent down the Tygart for a relaxing drift to the exit point at Maple Avenue Playground.
Floating on Friday will conclude at 2:00 p.m., and will resume on Saturday, July 4 from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. There will also be another opportunity to beat the heat with a float taking place on Sunday, July 5 from noon until 3:00 p.m.
According to Smith, reservations are not required. All one must do is show up at the City Park on one of the dates, in between the times mentioned above.
He also revealed that the event will be operating on a first-come, first-serve basis, with the club shuttling as many groups as time allows throughout the day.
“We have about 75 tubes that are ready to go. It’s a shorter float than what we usually do, but if someone wants to come back to the park and float down for another time, they are more than welcome to do so,” Smith explained.
He also added that while waiting in line to load the tubes and being shuttled back to the park safety measures will be taken.
“If a line forms, we will have someone making sure people remain the recommended six feet apart. We are also using personal vehicles to transport floaters from Maple Avenue back to the City Park instead of loading everyone up in one van, and if those individuals wish to wear masks while in the vehicle, they can of course let us know, and do so,” Smith noted.
He further revealed that the Adventure Club hopes to make this an annual event for the community, and also mentioned the possibility of hosting another free float over Labor Day weekend.
Additional ideas are being discussed to make the event even bigger and better in years to come.
“Let us show you how much we appreciate your support,” voiced Smith. “Come out for a free, peaceful float this weekend!”