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Yellowstone Boat Float Postponed

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The Yellowstone Boat Float, an annual event featuring 3 days of
floating and camping on the Yellowstone river, has been postponed due
to flooded camp grounds, boat ramps and water conditions. The
rescheduled dates for the YBF are August 5th through 7th.
The YBF was started by Willard Fraser, a 6 term mayor of
Billings, 48 years ago and has been a tradition ever since.
Unfortunately, Mother Nature had other plans this year and has delayed
the float.

The YBF starts in Livingston with a kick-off party on Thursday night,
then the floating starts Friday August 5th at Mayors Landing in
Livingston and goes to Otter Creek access in Big Timber. On Saturday
the 6th, the float continues from Big Timber to Reed Point. Finally,
the float wraps up Sunday in Columbus.

There is no pre-registration or sign-up for the event and it’s free
for all to attend, just bring a raft, cooler, tent and anything else
you’ll require.

The YBF is a great event that brings people from all over the US from
PA to CA. The last two years have seen a tremendous turn out in
rafters with over 300 rafts on the river at one point. Some folks
have been floating for 14 years and some for over 30 years!

Sean McDuffee has been organizing the YBF for the last 3 years and
spends a lot out money out of pocket every year to ensure the event
runs smoothly. There have been rumors that the float has been canceled
and McDuffee reiterates that the float is ON! “Willard Fraser would
roll over in his grave if it was cancelled,” says McDuffee.

Participants can call (406-696-1996) or email Sean McDuffee @
duffy79@yahoo.com. You can also find the YBF on Facebook at
Yellowstone Boat Float.

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