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Floatilla is back this Saturday, June 20, 2020, and I don't know about you, but just the thought of getting outdoors and enjoying Cross Lake has me excited! This Saturday's event is the 29th annual Cross Lake Floatilla. Yes, it's been around that long, but that's no surprise because it's a LOT of fun! Activities will center around Port Au Prince Cross Lake Restaurant.

It's hard to believe, but last year was my first time going to Floatilla! Thanks to my dear friends James and Tracy Herrin, I had a great experience. A lot of people picture Floatilla as a bunch of boats tied off together with folks drinking, but it's so much more than that... even though that happens, too! lol

The poker run is my favorite part of the day. You make your way to different docks around the lake that are decorated in different themes to make the best poker hand. Some of the locations are a little hard to find from the map, but that's part of the fun and folks go all out with entertainment and decorations. Beware of lines for the last few docks when it's getting close to the 3 pm deadline to turn in your poker hands at Port au Prince. Things can get super congested! Registration for the poker run and the boat parade is this Friday, June 10, 2020, from 5 - 9 pm at Port Au Prince. Heads up, watch the Floatilla Facebook page for other poker hand buy in locations leading up to this Friday. They've been known to sell out! While you're there, you can also pick up raffle tickets, t-shirts, and tanks to commemorate the day.

If you're more of a landlubber, check out live music from local band Ambush from 3 - 8 pm at Port au Prince. They will also have food and drink available. Fireworks will begin at dusk over the water.

One note before you head out on the water. Make sure to check your boat registration and get your updated Cross Lake sticker.

Not only am I looking forward to quality time with friends this Saturday and working on my tan, despite my bug bites, but I also love the fact that proceeds from the event will benefit local charities that don't get a lot of local support! I hope to see you Saturday!

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