More than just an homage to the incredibly popular raft races of the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s - the Rock River Anything That Floats Race is a novel tradition for new generations of Rockfordians to love and experience. The race course is 1.65 miles in length and ends in a grand finish at Prairie Street Brewhouse. If you want to view the race, there are many excellent vantage points on both banks of the river, but most veteran race watchers line the east bank from the Auburn Street Bridge south to Prairie Street Brewing Co along the Rock River Bike Path.
Be sure to buy your Chuck-A-Ducks at the start and finish lines for a chance to win cash and other valuable prizes from the Rockford IceHogs. Proceeds benefit local charities.
Bring your picnic baskets or enjoy concession served by local City Market vendors at the Symbol parking lot just south of the Auburns Street bridge, the Nicholas Conservatory and on the grounds of the Prairie Street Brewhouse all day long. A festive post-race party will follow race award ceremonies on the docks at Prairie Street Brewhouse and indoors, as well.
Sunday, August 18 Race Day Schedule
10:00 AM – Raft sign-in begins
10:00 Live radio remote, entertainment, food, and drinks at race start line area on Illinois Street near old Coast Guard Station
11:30 AM – Raft race registration ends
12:00 PM – Anything That Floats Raft Race begins!
12:00 - 1:30 PM - Live music will be performed for spectators from a barge patrolling the river. Listen up!
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM - Dirty Fishnet Stockings perform at Prairie Street Brewing Co finish line
3:30 - Chuck-a-Duck Drop off Whitman St. Bridge
4:30 - Awards Ceremony at Prairie Street Brewing Co finish line