While several FIBArk events have been canceled due to high water, the raft rodeo tonight isn’t one of them.
The event, which rewards silly freestyle moves, will be the first water sports event at this year’s FIBArk. It will start at 6:30 p.m. at the Coors Boat Ramp.
FIBArk Secretary Ali Gober said a second raft rodeo, or a parade, could also take place Saturday, replacing the canceled Hooligan race.
“It will be just some fun stuff in big water (with experienced boaters),” Gober said.
After getting word that dam operators have lowered the amount of water being released into the Arkansas River and will hold that level throughout the weekend, Gober said they thought about bringing back the Hooligan Race. Runoff from side creeks and other areas, however, is still making the river too high to hold the event.
As of 1:15 p.m. Thursday, the Arkansas was running at 3,860 cubic feet per second in Salida.
Gober also noted that Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area is concerned about families getting too close to the fast river.
“They just want to make sure everyone stays safe around the river this year,” Gober said.
She offered a few tips to help visitors stay safe: Don’t go swimming in the river, stay back from the edge or wear a personal flotation device.