Fun-filled tubing event

Flotilla enjoys lazy, crazy day on St. George River

Hundreds in all types of watercraft make their way — slowly — down river
By Ken Waltz | Jul 14, 2014
Photo by: Ken Waltz A young girl paddles the water with her hand as she also allows the current to take her for a ride during the first annual St. George River tubing event July 12. The nearly five-hour journey for hundreds of people began at the Warren Village and finished at the Thomaston Town Landing.

Who does not like the idea of sitting or lying on a tube and slowly floating with the current down a lazy river on a 80-degree Maine summer day?

Well, certainly not the hundreds of people of all ages who showed up to participate in the first St. George River tubing event Saturday afternoon, July 12.

The event was the brainchild of Ann Daggett.

Click for photos from the event.

Hundreds of people in and on many different flotation devices, from tubes to kayaks to man-made boats, made the trip from the Warren Village all the way to the Thomaston Town Landing.

The trip took four to five hours to complete, but no one who participated seemed to care as they enjoyed the trip down the winding river, which gave them an opportunity to soak up the sun, look at the activity on the banks and enjoy their beverage of choice.

While many used traditional or more fancy up-to-date tubes to float down the river, others created their own floating contraptions. Many brought their cellphones to stay in touch, to tweet or post Facebook messages on their way down the river and several brought fishing poles to test their luck along the way.

Many had coolers and most had drinks and food, some more than others.

Daggett said next year she hopes to make it a charity event.

"This is just a trial run for the first year," she said.

The St. George River is a watershed of 45 miles that runs from the St. George Lake in Liberty to Thomaston.

Saturday's flotilla traversed about 8 miles of the river, which included the start in the Warren Village and, at one point, floating under the bridge on Route 1 in Thomaston before finishing at the Thomaston Town Landing.

Click here to view event's facebook page, more photos, comments.

Scene from the St. George River tubing event. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from the St. George River tubing event. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from the St. George River tubing event. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from the St. George River tubing event. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from the St. George River tubing event. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Comments (3)
Posted by: Wayne Keiderling | Jul 17, 2014 14:17

I'll be there next year!! BUT, i REALLY BELIEVE EVERY PERSON IS REQUIRED TO HAVE A LIFE JACKET ,AT LEAST WITH THEM BY LAW. Those thin rubber tubes and boats are useless when a small hole is punched.

Posted by: Margaret McCrea | Jul 14, 2014 22:33

Wonderful idea and great turnout!  Brilliant, Ann!


Posted by: Tobin Malone | Jul 14, 2014 17:08

Wow! Looks fantastic. Congratulations, Ann!!!

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Ken Waltz has been member of the media 30 years and has received hundreds of Maine Press Association and New England Press Association awards for his writing, photography and page design. He studied journalism at the University of Maine in Orono. He lives in South Thomaston with his wife, Sarah. The couple has an adult son, Brandon.

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