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raftLogo Rally Rules PDF

If you have ever dreamed of floating down a river in the middle of summer on a homemade raft like Mark Twain, then you’ll want to live your dream at the first ever Rustic Raft Rally, sponsored by Friends of the Kickapoo Valley Reserve as part of the Traditional Wisdom Celebration on July 28.

Participants will build rafts using natural materials and float from KVR landing 12 to bridge 14. To qualify for prize money, two people must have at least half of their body out of the water and be on top of the raft at the finish line. Prize money will be split evenly among rally finishers. This event is open to all ages, clubs, groups, and individuals. Registration is first come, first registered and there is a limit of ten rafts. For complete information and to register for this event, contact: Jackie Yocum – Traditional Wisdom Celebration Coordinator, e-mail:  phone:  608-625-2960.

Other activities at the Traditional Wisdom Celebration include crafts and skills demonstrations, treasure hunts for adults and children, a paleo smorgasbord, and campfire entertainment. All activities are at the KVR. Free and open to the public.


TRADITIONAL WISDOM CELEBRATION, featuring the RUSTIC RAFT RALLY will be a celebration of the customs, crafts, skills, and ingenuity of the past.  Saturday, July 28, the Kickapoo Valley Reserve will be the setting for this special event featuring a paleo smorgasbord, traditional crafts and skills demonstrations, treasure hunts for kids and adults, campfire entertainment, and a homemade raft float on the river. This family-oriented event is sponsored by the Friends of KVR and is FREE and open to the public. Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.; raft rally 1:00.




2018 Spring Fling

(click above for complete schedule)

The 2018 Spring Fling will be held on April 28th from 3 PM until 10 PM. Activities will include:

Plant Walk, History Talk,  Family Paddle on Schroeder Pond (equip. avail.), Llamas from Midwest Llama Packing, Seed Savers display (purchase available), Yard Games & Family Craft Project (Birdhouses), Silent Auction, Earth Day Poetry Contest: Poets of Merit Reading, Family Friendly Nature Hike, Sister City Presentation, Call of the Frog talk,

Raffle Drawing:
• Giant Roam 3 bike
• Binoculars
• Nicaraguan hammock

Dinner and Live Music by Steve Hall

Grilled burgers and brats with a huge buffet of homemade salads and homemade desserts.
$10 for adults, $5 children 6-12, Free for children under 6.