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The Fourth Annual Withlacoochee Wilderness Challenge was a success. The fund raiser for the Withlacoochee Area Residents was held March 24th on the Withlacoochee River at Winding River Park in Yankeetown. Participants paddled from Winding River Park to Bennett’s Creek and back all the while looking for clues to answer Rally Questions. After the rally, participants and spectators gathered across the street at the Yankeetown-Inglis Woman’s Club for a homemade pulled pork lunch and awards. The top three places were presented a trophy and complimentary alligator by Yankeetown Mayor Janie Hinson. They were; 1st place...Chris Fineout, 2nd place...Allison Sapp and 3rd place...Larry Feldhusen. A drawing was held for the 21st and 22nd Circuit Court Benches; Sue Snook and Janie Hinson were the lucky winners of the handmade cedar benches. The 50/50 raffle was won by Lynne Tate and the door prizes were given to about a dozen lucky participants.
The Challenge was extremely fortunate to have great support from local businesses. Platinum sponsor: Citrus County Chronicle; Gold sponsor: Perkins Financial Group; Silver sponsors: Beasley Tire; Buddy and Fred’s Hardware; Captain’s Cove Outfitters; Hook, Line and Sinker Bait and Tackle; NAPA Auto Parts; Our Pub Restaurant and Lounge; River Coast Realty. Bronze sponsors: Aqua Power Marine; Capital City Bank; Inglis Food Mart; Peppermint Patties Restaurant and Yogi’s Kwik Stop. Please support these sponsors. A special thank you to the Coast Guard Auxiliary for their presence on the water and to all WAR members who worked to make this event a success.
The Withlacoochee Area Residents want to thank all sponsors and participants in helping us support and promote awareness in our efforts to protect and preserve the waters of the Nature Coast. Please visit our website at www.warinconline.com to follow our efforts and to see all the pictures of The Withlacoochee Wilderness Kayak and Canoe Challenge 2012.