18th annual Paddlefest goes on despite weather

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - It was a very wet morning for Paddlefest Racers, but the weather didn't slow them down.

"It's good, the temperature wasn't to hot or too cold or anything and the rain is better than the sun any day," kayaker Peter Groya said.

The race was just weeks after a recent report by Environment Georgia named the Savannah River the third most toxic river in the country.

"We want everybody in the CSRA to know that the river is out here and that you can use it for recreation and it's a great place to be," Marci Cannon, employee for the Savannah Riverkeeper said.

Despite the ranking, folks still came out to have fun on the water. They were either paddling in the stand-up board race, kayaking, or floating along the river in their homemade raft.

"It was built in like 2 and a half days. We used plastic pallets, inner tubes, rope and screws," said Rhonda Eubanks. "I'm getting old and it was on my bucket list."

All the proceeds from the festival go to support the Savannah Riverkeeper.

"It's really great. since we moved here, we've been down to the river almost every weekend so its good to be able to give back to it," Groya said.

Rain or shine, racers say they're glad they could give back.

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