Murraylands makes world record attempt at Floatfest

06 April 2017

Leon Bignell MP
Minister for Tourism

The Murraylands will attempt to paddle into the Guinness World Record books - for the most canoes and kayaks on the Murray River - at the 2017 Floatfest.

The annual festival starts on Saturday, April 8 with event organisers expecting to attract more than 3500 people over two days.

This year’s Floatfest will also endeavour to set the record for the largest number of kayaks/canoes entering the water together at one time, and the largest number of canoes/kayaks lined end to end along the banks of Murray Bridge.

In addition to a canoe marathon, spectators can enjoy market stalls with local produce, houseboat displays, demonstrations and ‘come and try’ activities with canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddle boards and dragon boats.

Background
The 2017 Floatfest will take place on Saturday April 8 and Sunday 9 April.

Floatfest is in its fourth year with approximately 70 per cent of spectators and participants travelling from intrastate to attend. This year, the event relocated from Mannum to Murray Bridge to take advantage of the increased space and to partner up with the Murray Bridge Kite Festival.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Tourism Leon Bignell
What is fantastic about this event is it is unlike any other and a great, fun way for the community to engage with the iconic Murray River.

The State Government is working tirelessly to attract more people to South Australia. Recent data shows the Murray River Lakes and Coorong region attracted 245,000 domestic visits over twelve months – providing significant economic and tourism benefits for businesses in the region, from cafes to accommodation and tourism operators.

Last year’s wet winter has created some spectacular views across Australia’s longest river, and wildlife is flourishing. It is no wonder South Australia was recently named as one of Lonely Planet’s ‘Top 5 regions in the world to visit in 2017’ and has won the title of ‘Best Event State’ two years in a row at the Australian Event awards.

The State Government is proud to sponsor the Floatfest through the Community Events Development Fund. This is in addition to $70 million in tourism funding, to market South Australia nationally and internationally and attract major events.

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