In the 70's - 90's a group called the Jaycees started "the Battle Creek Raft Race". 6 years ago we decided to bring it back. The annual BCMAMS Raft Race is a DIY Raft Competition, A summer fun festival on the banks of the river, a rubber duck race, and most importantly a FUNdraiser. The only DIY raft requirements are no motors or environmentally compromising materials. We want to protect our river!
The 7th Annual Raft Race was a great success! Although we had questionable weather leading up to the event, Mother Nature was able to provide us with a beautiful day for the Raft Race.
The water level was higher and the current faster than in typical years, but approximately 50 people braved the abnormal conditions.
The Battle Creek Fire Department showered the rafts, inflatables, and kayaks with water from their truck atop the Helmer Rd. bridge. Everyone was having a great time.
Despite the river conditions, we were still able to orchestrate the rubber duck race. We sold 625 Ducks, which raised over $2,700 for Kambly Living Center, not considering the additional funds raised from the event.
We had plenty of prizes for the raft contestants and rubber duck race winners, and the pie-eating contest certainly didn't disappoint. The Gator Boys, Barefoot Blonde, and Allie Garland w/Awesome Sauce rocked us all day keeping us entertained and left us wanting more.
The BCMAMS would like to thank all our sponsors and volunteers that helped make this another successful event. We love and thank our community for their continued support.
Build your own raft or use and flotation device. If you don't have anything to float down the river we have you covered. A variety of inflatables will be available for sale at the raft race. Price $20.00
Southeast corner of Bedford Rd. S. (M-37) and Jackson St. W. on the Kalamazoo River.
Build a Raft
Watch the Race
Eat a Pie
Get a Pie Face
Win a Prize