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12th annual event set for May 17-19
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File Photo: The Pigg and Blackwater rivers will be full of kayaks, canoes and other boats on the weekend of May 17-19 for the 12th annual Pigg River Ramble.

Friday, April 26, 2013

By CHARLES BOOTHE - Staff Writer

The 12th annual Pigg River Ramble Weekend is just around the corner, and plans are in place for the three-day event.

This year's Ramble is set for May 17-19.

As usual, the Blackwater Blackout will kick off the weekend, as boats hit the water Friday night, May 17.

Registration will begin at 5 p.m. with music and plenty of food on the agenda at 305 New Plant Road (off Grassy Hill toward the "old" Cooper Wood site, take a left after passing the Cooper Wood Bridge onto New Plant Road).

Boats will put into the Blackwater River at 7:30 p.m. for the 3-mile float. No boats will be allowed to put in after 9 p.m. The last shuttle will leave from the takeout point at 11 p.m.

All boats are required to have a light source, such as a flashlight, and a personal flotation device (PFD) for each occupant.

There is a $15 per person entry fee with 12 and under free. Proceeds from the float will benefit Antioch Community Park.

Registration for the Ramble beings at 7 a.m. on Saturday, May 18 at Waid Park. After a mandatory safety meeting at 10 a.m., Ramble racers will put in the Pigg River at 10:30 a.m. for the 8-mile course.

Floaters will start after the racers at 11:20 a.m.

The last shuttle will leave the takeout point (Lynch Park) at 5 p.m.

The barbecue and awards dinner will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. with the Great Duck Race at 5 p.m.

Please bring lawn chairs or a blanket for the meal and awards ceremony.

The entry fee for the Ramble is $20 per person with those 12 and under free.

On Sunday morning, May 19, Breakfast on the Blackwater will again be held, also at the New Plant Road site.

Registration and breakfast will be from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. and the float on the 3-mile section of the Blackwater River will begin at 10 a.m.

The final shuttle run will leave at noon.

There is a $15 per person fee for the breakfast float with 12 and under free.

A fee of $40 is available for those wanting to participate in all of the weekend's events.

Primitive camping will be available for the entire weekend at Waid Park for a $25 fee.

Register online at or call the department of parks and recreation at 483-9293.

Sponsors this year include McAirlaid's, Member One Federal Credit Union, Davis, Davis,Davis & Davis Inc., Longwood SignWorks, 220 Auto Sales, Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital, SleepSafe Beds, Franklin Community Bank, Pro-Line Trailers, Sunshade Window Tinting, Franklin County and the Franklin County Department of Parks and Recreation.

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