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Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
|3-day event begins with Blackout float|
Staff Photo by Charles Boothe:
Al Flora, one of the organizers of the Member One Ramble Weekend, gets ready for a kayak run on the Pigg River at Waid Park on Wednesday. The popular Ramble Weekend kicks off tonight with the Blackwater Blackout.
Friday, May 16, 2014
By CHARLES BOOTHE - Staff Writer
The 13th annual Member One Ramble Weekend kicks off tonight with the traditional Blackwater Blackout.
The weekend continues on Saturday with the Pigg River Ramble and Sunday morning with Breakfast on the Blackwater.
Registration for the Blackout begins at 5 p.m. with plenty of food and music by the County Bound Band.
For those who want to come to the concert but have not registered for the float, admission is free but donations will be accepted. Proceeds from the event will benefit Antioch Community Park.
There is a $20 per person entry fee for the float with 12 and under free. Dinner is included with the entry fee.
The Blackout concert, dinner and float will be held at 305 New Plant Road (off Grassy Hill toward the "old" Cooperwood site, take a left after passing the Cooperwood 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.
Saturday's Pigg River Ramble has a later start this year.
Registration for the Ramble beings at 11 a.m. at Waid Park. After a mandatory safety meeting at 12:30 p.m., Ramble racers will put in the Pigg River at 1 p.m. for the 8-mile course.
Floaters will start after the racers at 1:30 p.m. and the float will cover a 4-mile course.
The last shuttle will leave the takeout point (Lynch Park) at 5 p.m.
The barbecue and awards dinner will be held from 5 to 6 p.m.
The Great Duck Race will be held at noon this year and benefit Franklin County Young Life.
Please bring lawn chairs or a blanket for the meal and awards ceremony.
Entry fee for the Ramble is $20 per person with those 12 and under free.
On Sunday morning, 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 $20 per person fee for the breakfast float with 12 and under free.
A fee of $40 per person 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 rambleweekend.com or call the department of parks and recreation at 483-9293.
Sponsors of this year's event include Member One Federal Credit Union (primary sponsor), McAirlaid's, SleepSafe Beds, Proline Trailers, Longwood Sign Works, Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital, Franklin Community Bank, 220 Auto Sales, Creek Freaks, Orion Solutions, Franklin County Parks and Recreation, Franklin County and Davis, Davis, Davis and Davis.
Other supporters include the Dept. of Aging Services, Cable 12, Franklin County Public Safety, Giant Step Original Art & Design, R & S Spreading, The Franklin News-Post, Super Country 99.9 and the Town of Rocky Mount.