TUBIE FESTIVAL 2011
Rookies and Veterans Headline Tubie Field
Paddlers with all levels of experience will headline the field in Sunday’s 41st annual Tubie Race.
Teams led by 2007 champ Gary Magee and 2008 winner Greg Millard will return to race, as will last year’s second place finisher Peter Coolican. However, the surprise is the return of former champion JimHummell, who will field a competitive craft for the first time in seven years. It was Hummell’s crew in 2003 that ended Robert Farlinger’s run of four consecutive tubie titles.
Farlinger, who has earned the title of ‘King of the River’ a record eight Tubie Races, will not be returning to defend his title. However, racing the craft that won in 2009 and 2010 will be a team of rookie participants, led by Katherine Lee.
“It is wonderful to see new people participating the Tubie Race,” said organizer Michael Domanko of the Morrisburg and District Lions Club. “It promises to be a great field once again.”
“This event wouldn’t be what it is today without the participants. We are grateful for every person who puts the time and effort into making a parade float and a craft for the race.”
Domanko especially wanted to thank Gary and Bill Magee. “We would like to thank Gary, not only for 20 consecutive years of participation, but for his help to the organizing committee as well. He and his father Bill have donated their time to build two tubie crafts for other teams to use. It is that spirit of selfless volunteering and community-mindedness that makes this event great.”
Magee and his competitors will start the race at the Morrisburg Dock Sunday at noon with the first of two heats. The second heat will start 20 minutes later, followed by the final at 1:30.
On Saturday, the Tubie Parade will begin at 12:00. Floats participating are asked to be at the Waterfront for judging at 11:30. The theme of the weekend is Play It Forward, which is the slogan of the SouthDundas Community Playground project. All profits generated by the Tubie Festival will be donated to the playground project.
For the second consecutive year, the Tubie Dance will be held under the big tent at the softball diamond. Back by popular demand, Ambush returns to entertain the crowd. The doors open Saturday at 8 pm.
To register your tubie team, contact Matt McCooeye at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 613-543-0545.