Third annual Chickasawhay Race scheduled for Saturday

Third annual Chickasawhay Race scheduled for Saturday

WAYNESBORO, MS (WDAM) - Nearly 150 people in kayaks, canoes, or on stand up paddle boards are expected to take part in the third annual Great Chickasawhay River Race Saturday morning.

The 22 mile event runs from Shubuta to Waynesboro and is attracting participants from several states.

It was originally scheduled for late June, but had to be postponed because of heavy rains from Tropical Storm Cindy.

"For a whole month, we've had rain the whole time, so it was a go for this weekend, because we've got a lot of people booked in motel rooms and spent a lot of money," said Jody Ashley, sheriff of Wayne County.

"(People from) South Carolina, Georgia, Arkansas, Mississippi, they're coming from everywhere, they're staying here, they're spending money, it's great for us," said Joseph Dunlap, executive director of the Wayne County Economic Development District.

Several prizes are being awarded, including $1,000 for fastest male and fastest female competitor.