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Charles City prepares for 8th annual Whitewater Festival

Paddlers return to the Cedar River this Saturday for the 8th annual Charles City Challenge Whitewater Festival.

Tourism Coordinator, Ginger Williams.

New this year, the Hooligan River Run will invite teams to float inner tubes, inflatable rafts or cardboard boats through the course for fastest time and most creative entry. This contest is free to enter and open to the public. Teams can pre-register at the Chamber office or sign up on the day of the event.

The Charles City Challenge is the winner of an Iowa Tourism Award for Outstanding event, Williams credits growth of new activities that coincide with the event.

The full event schedule is online at

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