The Great Cypress Creek Raft Race was an amazing event. In 1978 I was a senior at Ole Miss attempting to build a fledgling screen printing business. Dad and I began the first raft race as a way to promote my brand new screen printing business, and sell a few printed t-shirts to new unsuspecting customers (thinking they were entering an event).
The first event contestants were primarily friends, neighbors and family. But it grew quickly thru word of mouth evangelizing, as well as our almost free marketing scheme of screen printed cardboard signs that were seemingly nailed to every telephone pole in town.
We had continued fun and success through the years until the deadly low head dam was iliegally constructed right in the middle of our path. We continued the race until we realized just how dangerous the dam was, and ended the event after the 1985 race. Fortunately no lives were lost during the Raft Race, but too many have been thru the years.
Now that the creek is safe to paddle again, resurrecting The Great Cypress Creek Raft Race is is quite enticing, and has been in discussions for some time. But for now, if you want to build and race a raft, kayak canoe or inner-tube, you're on your own. . .