Date: Sunday, August 4, 2019

In partnership with Fairbanks Paddlers, The Folk School is pleased to bring back the Paddlers’ Wooden Boat Rondy, an event they held up until a few years ago.

This will be a chance to float the Chena River through Fairbanks on or in any kind of river-worthy, human-powered boat, wooden or otherwise.  The float will go from Graehl Landing to the Pioneer Park boat launch.

At Pioneer Park, we’ll have a BBQ on the lawn, with boats on display and the chance to visit with river folks. The BBQ will be free, but it will be a potluck, so please bring a dish to share. The Paddlers will provide the core BBQ foods–burgers of various kinds, buns, chips, etc.–but please bring your own chair, plates, and utensils. (We’ll have some paper and plastic stuff in case you forget!)

Even if you don’t have a boat of your own, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to find someone with a spot in their boat.

If you’ve long wanted to build the boat of your dreams, now is the time to get started! (And check The Folk School calendar for upcoming classes related to boat building.) Or if you have a partially built boat, start working on it again. Then come and join in the fun!

Bonus: Rumor has it that the brand new birch bark canoe that Randy Brown’s class at The Folk School is building will make an appearance! Come and see how sturdy these boats can be.


11:00 AM Drop off boats
11:30 AM Shuttle Leaves Pioneer Park rear parking lot
12:00 PM Suit up and get ready for launch
12:30 PM Shove off from Graehl!
1:30 PM Takeout and start BBQ
2:30 PM Awards
3:30 PM Start Cleanup
4:00 PM Finish

Age range: all ages event

Location: Chena River

Cost: Free (please bring a dish to share at the potluck BBQ, or $5/person donation.

Contact: Don Kiely: or 907-457-1219

No registration required.





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Check out the video below of the Paddlers’ 2011 rondy. (Video and drone footage created by Corey Upton, and is available courtesy of him and Fairbanks Paddlers. Huge thanks to them for sharing it!)




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