Would you rather float down a lazy river, or speed through the countryside? However you prefer to spend your summer afternoons, the annual Fanny Float and Duboistown Dice Run will have something for everyone.
Both events will begin at Haywood's on the Water at 11 a.m. on July 13. Registration will take place from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and proceeds will benefit Andrew's Special Kids Foundation, which helps local disabled children and their families.
Participants can cool off by drifting down the Susquehanna river during the annual Fanny Float. Like last year, the course will be about one mile long and take no more than two hours to complete. Dean and Amy Kriebel, organizers of the events, overhauled the float last year due to long lines.
"The first year we had a three mile course and it was terrible. People were spending four or five hours in the water and lines started forming. Last year we had a shorter course and people really loved it," Dean Kriebel said.
He said inner tubes can be purchased through All Around Tire in Jersey Shore and Bastian Tire in the city, but floaters are permitted to use whatever type of flotation device they want.
If they use an inner tube, they will need to fill it up before coming to the event, advised Kriebel.
The family-friendly float is open to everyone five years of age and older. Children five through twelve are required to wear a life vest, and those 18 or younger must be accompanied by an adult.
The shorter float will also give participants time to enjoy a wide variety of activities offered throughout the afternoon. Live music will be performed by Clyde Frog from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Guests can enjoy games of chance and raffles throughout the afternoon. From 3 to 5 p.m., prizes will be given away every half hour.
Overall, the foundation expects to hand out about 200 prizes during the event, including a gas grill and a 14K gold and diamond pendant.
Overflow parking for both events will be located in the farmer's fields next to Haywoods so that participants won't need to be bussed in.
The nineth annual Duboistown Dice Run will lead bikers on a winding course through the countryside. In the past, the 65 mile ride has attracted thousands of cyclists to the area and traditionally been the foundation's biggest fund raiser.
"The dice run was where we started. It's what took our foundation to what it is today. The bikers in this community are exceptionally generous. They show up rain or shine and donate a lot of money because they know this is for a good cause," Kriebel said.