Set on the majestic Schoharie Creek, the Middleburgh Sloughter Canoe/Kayak Race attracted over one hundred participants and hundreds more of spectators as nine classes of competitors took part in the five mile course on Saturday afternoon.
Lining up at the Fultonham parking area on Route 30 and finishing at the new Middleburgh pavilion in Timothy Murphy Park, racers encountered fast but cold waters thanks to last week's unseasonably cool weather and rain/snow showers.
Organized by the Middleburgh Rotary Club in coordination with MCS Booster Club, West Fulton Rod & Gun Club, Middleburgh Rod & Gun Club, Knights of Columbus, Boy Scout Troop 2, and area State Parks, Saturday's event was the second in a throwback to the canoe races of the seventies and eighties sponsored by the Middleburgh Rotary Club.
Racers of varying age groups and degrees of expertise from across the Schoharie Valley, Schoharie County, and region participated in the event, which awarded class victors with bragging rights and medals.
The Schoharie County Sheriff's Department and Middleburgh firemen were on scene to provide assistance with traffic and in case of emergency on the water.