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Brief History

Edmonton’s favorite water fight began in 1960 around a table full of beer where the boys from what was then known as Edmonton Power were swapping ideas for a weekend of fun. A raft race from Devon to Edmonton, a distance of 20 miles, seemed worth a try.


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There were two conditions: the rafts were to be built from logs taken at the starting site and each team’s entry fee was one bottle of the finest. The winner’s prizes? Splitting the proceeds!
So, that summer, a total of 12 teams of eager Edmonton Power rafters gathered to start the first Sourdough Raft Race.
From this small beginning developed the Klondike Days annual World Championship Sourdough Raft Race. The event exploded in size through the 1970’s attracting hundreds of entries every year to the river bank at Whitemud Creek and later Terwillegar Park for a chance to win the Molson Brewery Championship Cup.


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Taking a garter from a Sourdough Sweetheart

The Sourdough Raft Race Association is making a major effort to infuse new life into the event by expanding our horizons through more diverse events, charity fundraising efforts and renewed interest in sponsorship.
In gaining new corporate sponsorship we hope to be assisted in our mandate of becoming the most recognized inland water festival in the country.


 

Congratulations To Our 2013 winners!!

Commercial / Community Raft Category

Dutch Rudder 1st Place $3,000.00
Crystal Glass 2nd Place $1,500.00
John's Hair 3rd Place $1000.00

Two Person Raft Category

Raft Dinner 1st Place $600.00
Name Your Pontoon 2nd Place $400.00
No Brakes! 3rd Place $300.00

Prize Money From The Following Events Donated To Charity Of Choice

Admiral's Choice $1,000.00 Dutch Rudder
Best First Time Entry $250.00 Cap’n Crunch and the Cereal Killers
Most Innovative $250.00 102 NOW! Radio
Best Skit $250.00 John's Hair
Titanic Award Plaque Cap’n Crunch and the Cereal Killers

 

2011 Winners of Sourdough Raft Race

Admirals Choice Award $1000.00

Lord Strathcona’s Horse
Donated their $1000.00 to Rosedale Activity Society

 

Best Raft Skit $250.00

BAC Trailers
Donated $250.00 to the Cross Cancer Institute

 

Most Innovative Raft $250.00
Ferron Trucking donated their winnings to The Stollery Children’s Hospital

 

Best First Time Entry $250.00

Maggaboogon – A floating good time

 

Titanic Award – Plaque

Sourdough Raft Race Association*

 

Poker Run - $100.00

Sourdough Raft Race Association*

 

 

 

 

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