Wednesday, June 20, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE. Official Committee Update From NAPC: 2018 July 4th Great American Raft Race.

For more information contact Neighborhood Assoc. Presidents’ Council (NAPC) President Jon Faust and/or the Dir. of Communications, Ryan Oblander.


First, before we get to the press release (see below) there is very important information to report. This year’s Top Three T-Shirt Logo Contest winners are:

  • 1st Place: Ellie Frost ($100).
  • 2nd Place: Debra Robert ($50).
  • 3rd Place: Brent Bloodworth ($50).

Congratulations everyone!

This year’s theme is: “Race To The Zoo”:

“Lake Worth Neighborhood Association Presidents’ Council Holds 17th Annual July Fourth Raft Race”:

LAKE WORTH, FL — For the 17th year in a row, residents in Lake Worth will celebrate the July Fourth holiday with a parade down Lake Avenue starting at 11:30 a.m., followed by the Great American Raft Race at Bryant Park, all encompassing this year’s theme, “RACE TO THE ZOO.”

Originated 17 years ago by Herman Robinson and the Bryant Park Neighborhood Association, this annual Maritime Fun Fest, a parade, show, and race, continue to surprise, inspire, and entertain all.

The parade will feature homemade floats from the local neighborhood associations that make up the Lake Worth Neighborhood Association Presidents’ Council (NAPC), along with local businesses and other organizations.

The parade begins at 11:30 a.m. at the intersection of Lake Avenue and J Street. It will head east to Bryant Park, where participants will then get ready for the Great American Raft Race at 1:00 p.m.

What makes the Lake Worth NAPC Great American Raft Race so unique is that it’s “a race with no rules”, or at least almost none. No manufactured hulls or engines. You have to wait to Start, go around the marked course, and cross a Finish line. Of course, jumping out, falling out, or sinking are just part of the fun. Don’t be shocked if there is an attack of pirated kayaks with super soakers that appear, or a sinking Port-O-Let, or the City Commission looses their steering and crashes into competitors (two years). Anything and everything can happen and usually does.

Before racing begins many of the participating racing crews and parade participants will show off their own unique performances that shouldn't be missed along the dock.

During the raft race, representatives from each neighborhood and the city will compete in their own unique creation, homemade rafts to see which vessel comes in first. Besides the winners trophy, known as The Grundge Cup, trophies are also awarded for Crowd Pleaser, Most Decorated, Run Aground, among others.

The parade and raft race aims to bring members of the Lake Worth community together. Each year, the events attract more and more people, as the NAPC aims to show the solidarity and excitement of the city.

“July Fourth is a day when we celebrate America and we want to celebrate the great city where we live as well,” says the president of the NAPC, Jon Faust.

“With so much going on in our world, the raft race gives us a chance to have fun and remember it’s the people and all of their different personalities that make up our country!”

End of Official NAPC
Press Release.