Sponsorship still sought for annual flotilla

By Beth A. Birmingham | Jul 15, 2019
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham Wending their way down the St. George River, participants in the annual gathering enjoy their leisurely float.

Warren — Conditions were good July 13 for river enthusiasts to make their annual trek down the 6.1 miles of the St. George River from Warren to Thomaston.

Although she had to work, Ann Betts-Daggett said there were nearly 100 people who used various flotation devices to travel down the winding river this year.

Daggett said she is still waiting for someone to sponsor the event by putting it under their insurance umbrella. "It's really taken the wind out of my sails" she said, noting that since 2014 the event had raised more than $2,000 for local nonprofit organization, but in 2017 she was informed she could be held liable for participants’ safety during the event.

As a result, she no longer promotes it as the Annual St. George River Flotilla and no donations are solicited.

"I mean, to have 500-plus people is something else," she said, referring to the huge number of participants three years ago.

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at bbirmingham@villagesoup.com.

Youngsters enjoy being towed. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Umbrellas help shield floaters from the sun. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Paddlers take a break under the railroad trestle. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
With a boat in tow. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
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