If you've been wondering what to do with the family on a lazy, hazy, July Sunday afternoon, why not check out the Paddle For The Cure canoe/kayak float 1 p.m. Sunday at the swinging bridge in Estherville.
With all proceeds going to Emmet County Relay For Life, this is great opportunity for folks to get together and take a nice, leisurely float down the west fork of the Des Moines.
There's a $12 a person donation per person for floaters and a free T-shirt going to the first 50 participants. A meal will follow for paid participants. Shirts and the meal are donated by the Emmet County Water Trail Association.
This is a great event in a number of ways. First of all, it's a great cause - Relay For Life. It's great to see people coming up with fun, creative ideas like this to help the Relay. And that's what Relay fundraisers should be - fun.
It's also a great activity. With the new awareness of fitness that's been taking place in Estherville over the past year, it's good to see people finding new ways to get healthy and fit.
It's also a great way to call attention to a great resource - the Emmet County Water Trail. The Des Moines west fork is a great recreational resource that has enormous potential to make Emmet County a tourism destination.
So even if you don't have a canoe or kayak, come on out and enjoy the float. That's 1 p.m. this Sunday just north of the Des Moines River bridge on Central Avenue in Estherville.