Smart Bets: Anything That Floats

Each year, creative locals join forces, construct a water-ready craft of various components and take to the French Broad River for RiverLink’s Anything That Floats parade. However, due to safety concerns surrounding COVID-19, the 2020 edition is pivoting to semivirtual status. Adhering to the theme “French Broad in Wonderland,” participants are invited to dress up and deck out their boats and tubes in Through the Looking Glass fashion, take to any section of the river, snap a photo and share it on social media with the hashtag #AnythingThatFloats2020, or email it to by Friday, July 31. Prizes will be awarded for Most Creative, Most Environmentally Friendly and Best Costume, and winners will be announced on Wednesday, Aug. 5, live on Facebook. Registration costs start at $25 and include entry to the event, a 5-liter dry bag filled with goodies and a raffle ticket for prizes donated by local businesses. Photo courtesy of RiverLink


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About Edwin Arnaudin
Edwin Arnaudin is a staff writer for Mountain Xpress. He also reviews films for and is a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association (SEFCA) and North Carolina Film Critics Association (NCFCA). Follow me @EdwinArnaudin

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