FIBArk: Sign up now

Hooligan Race 2009

From The Mountain Mail:

FIBArk organizers are encouraging volunteers, athletes and parade entrants to register for the 69th annual whitewater festival at

FIBArk will take place June 15-18 in downtown Salida.

According to a press release, several hundred volunteers are needed to assist in many capacities, helping with everything from beer tent duties to merchandise sales and athlete registration. Volunteers with river-related experience are especially needed.

Shifts are usually a couple of hours and provide a way for businesses, clubs, organizations or individuals to see friends and neighbors and greet out-of-town guests, FIBArk organizers said in the release.

All volunteers will receive a FIBArk volunteer T-shirt.

Athletes and parade entries also may register at Each year almost 800 athletes participate in FIBArk events, and organizers said registering in advance online will cut down on congestion and wait times at the boathouse.

Each year since 1949 the festival has included a parade. Sponsored by Moltz Construction, this year’s parade will begin at 10 a.m. June 17 with its traditional route along F Street. All Hooligan Race participants receive free entry into the parade.

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