‘Doin’ Canoe’n II’ so nice they’re doing it twice

MONTICELLO, Ind. (WLFI) – They did it once. Now they’re doin’ it again.

Last fall, people from Monticello and all over filled more than 90 canoes to paddle down the Tippecanoe River. On Sunday, Sept. 9, they’re doing it again with Doin’ Canoe’n II.

Event organizers Joe Crivello and Kean MacOwan made an appearance on News 18 This Morning to discuss Doin’ Canoe’n II.

“We’ve got 90 canoes that come to town free of charge. People come to the American Legion, they are bussed to the Norway Dam. Then they get in the canoes and paddle back. It’s just about an hour and a half,” explained Crivello.

The event is free of charge, but organizers are accepting sponsors for canoes as well as donations for the “free will bucket.” MacOwan said money raised will go toward programs at Roosevelt Middle School and scholarships.

“The scholarships are for area students that wouldn’t necessarily qualify for most scholarship awards,” MacOwan said. “This would be for B/C type students, so they could go to a vocational school.”

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., people will be picked up at the American Legion at 405 E. Washington St. in Monticello. They will be taken by Council of Aging vans to the Norway Dam boat ramp, where they will then get in canoes in the Tippecanoe River and paddle back to the Legion.

Awaiting them at the Legion will be free goodies such as hamburgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob and drinks.

Local D.J. Terry Hudson will be on hand to entertain crowds, followed by Monticello native singer-songwriter Swim Skinny.

Adult life vests will be provided. Parents will need to supply vests for kids.

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