Now, she said organizers expect to have more than 250 people on the river and around 350 people at the picnic if the weather cooperates.
"It's one of the best days on a river that anyone could ever experience. Everybody that comes in has the biggest smile on their face and they love it," she said.
The event is in remembrance of
"Kevin was my best friend and he passed away too soon," she said. "He just loved the river and everyone in the community loved Kevin."
Purdue said after talking with Kinder's sister after his death, the name for the event came up and they thought it would be a perfect way of honoring him.
"I couldn't think of anything better but to name it after Kevin," she said.
The seventh annual floating adventure will be held from
People will begin the float at
She said the organization sees repeat participants from all over the state every year, and this year people from asa far away as
There will also be live music at the river float this year.
"This will be the first time we will have had any entertainment and we are looking forward to that. They will be playing after they get out of the river at the picnic -- they are also kayakers," she said.
Total Meltdown members
The plan is to set up at the end of the float, jump in a kayak at
"It's a lot of fun and gathers a lot of people together. Last year when we were over there we noticed a lack of entertainment," Davis said.
"I hope a bunch of people start dancing and stomping their feet. That's what we're all about high energy and a lot of fun. I hope to get that kind of reaction and that's what we always do."
Browning said no experience is necessary in order to participate in the float.
"We have first-timers that rent a kayak or canoe, go out and enjoy themselves and then they are hooked," she said adding they love the beauty of the river and mountains. "We haven't had anybody that said they won't come back -- they always say they will come back next year."
Browning said they are fully prepared for situations that may arise on the water and or on the land during the event.
"The Boone County White Water Rescue team is on the river to see to the safety of the people. They will have 20 EMT's on the river," Browning said. "We are very pleased to have them. They do a great job."
The event runs from
Both Purdue and Browning commented on how appreciative they are for volunteers at the event who contribute food for the picnic and make sure participants stay safe.
"I'd like to thank all of my volunteers because if it wasn't for them it wouldn't go off," Purdue said.
For more information about the Kevin's Lazy River Adventure visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1519912678230162/.
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