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Kentucky for Kentucky goes ‘totally tubular’ in Elkhorn Creek

Becky Critchfield, of Lexington, volunteers to help tubers find their way to the water at Kentucky For Kentucky's Totally Tubular Tube-a-Thon on Elkhorn Creek on Saturday, July 30th, 2016 in Frankfort, Ky.
Becky Critchfield, of Lexington, volunteers to help tubers find their way to the water at Kentucky For Kentucky's Totally Tubular Tube-a-Thon on Elkhorn Creek on Saturday, July 30th, 2016 in Frankfort, Ky.

The crowds were steady Saturday for Kentucky for Kentucky’s first Totally Tubular outing at Still Water Campground in Frankfort.

People were floating in everything from pink flamingos to a giant rubber duckie as the same crew that brought Central Kentucky the Cocaine Bear set up camp along with new tube-themed merchandise along a horseshoe bend in Elkhorn Creek. People could join the fun for a $5 tube-a-thon pass or a $25 tube-a-thon pass and tube. Both options, according to the Kentucky for Kentucky website, were sold out by 5 p.m. Saturday. The party on the water was scheduled until 7 p.m. and people were encouraged to spend the night at the camp.

The tubers had to pause for about an hour and a half, while storms blew through, said Kentucky for Kentucky co-founder Griffin VanMeter.

“But after they passed through, it was such a beautiful sky that it was really nice,” VanMeter said.

About 750 people pre-registered for the event, and they got the 350 tubes bought by Kentucky for Kentucky. VanMeter estimated that about 1,000 people showed up, and about 100 stayed the night at the campground.

The group is already planning for next year’s event.

“I heard that all the flotation devices in Frankfort and Lexington were sold out,” VanMeter said. “Everybody had fun, we’re really excited about what this event continues to turn into.”

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