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I guess the last year they held it was in 75.  The pics I saw, the river
was raging.   Found this on the web about the race:
>1975 Great Winooski River Raft Race was exciting and, as usual, good fun.
>For those of you who were on the Lamoille that day or the White the next,
>the conditions need no further description. The water was super high and 
>the usual chutes before and at the trestle were wall-to-wall standing 
>waves. The course fit the well-known description of war - hours of boredom 
>punctuated by moments of sheer terror - and the terror was more common this
>time than in normal years.

http://www.vtpaddlers.net/talk/bowstern/archive/1975-06.php


On Mon, 15 May 2006 21:27:42 EDT, Bill Brown <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

>It's a very tragic event.  Looking at the water gauge for yesterday,  the
>river was running at 2600 cfs (normal is around 900 cfs
>_http://waterdata.usgs.gov/vt/nwis/uv?04286000_
(http://waterdata.usgs.gov/vt/nwis/uv?04286000) ).
>That's a pretty swift current.  Rivers can do funny thing with that  swift of a
>current.I know when they turn the generators on the dam down here,  the
>current is pretty swift (1 generator down here can put out around 4000 cfs
 and we
>have 4)  .  I don't want to be standing in the middle of the  river (although
>you can't).  Standing on the sides, the current pushes  you.  They probably
>don't hold the raft contest when you have had rain for  several day.
>
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