Grab your friends and get your team together! The O'Brien County Conservation Board and the Little Sioux Valley Conservation Association are sponsoring the Annual Inkpaduta Canoe Race to the Prairie Heritage Center! After a couple years of struggling with high water, this year provides the opposite extreme. The event will provide a fun opportunity to be out on the river! This year there will be two divisions -- one for canoes and one for kayaks.
The event will be held on Saturday, August 11 beginning at 10:30 a.m. Canoes will enter the water at the Hwy 10 bridge near Peterson. The race will finish at the Prairie Heritage Center northest of Sutherland.
First price in each division will be a 2-night stay at one of the 6-person camping cabins at Mill Creek or Dog Creek Park. Second price in each division will be five nights of camping at either Mill Creek or Dog Creek Park. If you aren't in the race for speed, that's okay too. All registered participants completing the course in under six hours will also be entered in a drawing for a 2-night stay in the Dog Creek 6-person camping cabin.
The registration deadline is August 8. The entrance fee of $35/canoe and $20/kayak includes a commemorative t-shirt. Additional t-shirts will be available for sale at the Prairie Heritage Center. Lunch will also be sold at the center after noon; so bring your friends and support your favorite team!
For more information about this exciting event or to register for the race, contact the Prairie Heritage Center at 712-295-7200.
*Perseid Meteor Shower
It will soon be time again for one of the most reliable meteor showers in the Northern Hemisphere. The earth's orbit is crossing into the debris path of the Swift-Tuttle comet which last passed through the inner solar system over 20 years ago.
At the peak of the Perseid Meteor Shower, over 60 meteors per hour can be seen streaking across the night sky. The very best time to view the phenomenon is in the early morning.
The O'Brien County Conservation Board will be hosting a Perseid Meteor Shower party on Monday, August 13 beginning at 8:30 p.m. Come to the Prairie Heritage Center to learn more about meteors and summer constellations. After learning some facts indoors, participants will head to the prairie to scope out the night sky. Enjoy the sunset on the prairie, check out the stars as they begin to come out and stay for the meteor show. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and spend some time enjoying the summer night.
For more information, contact the Conservation Board at 712-295-7200.