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Accepting entries for Homestead Bayfront Park's inaugural "Wacky Raft Race"

MIAMI (November 23, 2016)

Get your family or corporate team on board for a day of fun and friendly competition during Homestead Bayfront Park and Marina’s first annual “Wacky Raft Race,” Saturday, January 14, 2017. It’s a splashing good time at the park, located at 9698 SW 328th Street in Homestead. Activities run from noon to 9:30 p.m. and will feature a flotilla of “people-powered” home-spun rickety rafts competing in zany wet and wild water races. There will be a family-style party with live music, food truck vendors and entertainment that includes a steel drum band, fire dancers, bounce houses, moonlit kayak tours, and more.

The Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces department is presenting this event in partnership with “La Playa Grill.” Included, is a special performance by Joselyn Rivera of NBC’s “The Voice” and an appearance by fishing legend Rob Fordyce of the Outdoor Channel’s popular fishing show, “The Seahunter.”

The race will consist of two divisions, “Family” and “Corporate” teams. This is a great opportunity for Miami-Dade families and businesses to come together and put their creativity, ingenuity and muscle power to work for a memorable team-building experience that gets them outdoors, showcasing their talents and lets everyone know how much they are appreciated.

Teams are encouraged to get creative and “wacky” in decorating their rafts. Be it a rocket ship, a Viking voyager, a tropical island, disco dancing dolphins, or a rock n′ roll hair band!

Race prizes will include: 1st place – Deep Sea Fishing half-day trip for four; 2nd place – Dinner for four at La Playa Grill; and 3rd place – Two half-day clear kayak rentals.

Each team is required to complete a race application and pay a $35 raft entry-fee by January 12, 2017.  See the race application here and share it with your Facebook and Twitter followers, #WackyRaftRace @miamidadeparks. The cost for car parking is $7.

For more information, contact Homestead Bayfront Park at 305-230-3030 or visit the web page or contact La Playa Grill at 305-257-6918 or visit

Note these restrictions/requirements for competing rafts/teams:
•Competing rafts MUST be handmade and self-propelled. Oars, paddle wheels, poles, sails, hands…whatever manual method that  you can drum up, go for it. NO engines, NO commercially manufactured hulls and NO inner tubes. The maximum raft length  accepted is 15 feet.
•All participants MUST be able to swim and buoyancy aids (life vests) are required to be worn.
•Participants under age 16 MUST have a parent or guardian on the raft with them.
•The crew size MUST be no less than three and no more than six people.

For best racing, it is suggested that the deck of the raft be able to hold the weight of the entire crew or it’s going to be a pretty short race.

About Miami-Dade Parks
Miami-Dade Parks is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 270 parks and 13,573 acres of land. It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world. The non-profit Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade supports Miami-Dade Parks’ efforts to further develop Miami-Dade County’s world-class parks system for residents and visitors.