Little Apple Paddle Festival attempted to break record in Guinness Book of World Records

Published: Jul. 13, 2019 at 5:28 PM CDT
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The 5th annual Little Apple Paddle launched Saturday at the Tuttle Creek Lake River Pond with an event record number of participants.

Manhattan Parks and Recreation was attempting to break the Guinness Book of World Records, for largest parade of canoes and kayaks.

The current record was set in Poland, on September 1st, 2018, with 329 vessels.

In years past, the Little Apple Paddle has been held on the Big Blue and Kansas Rivers.

This year, due to the increased river water level conditions, the event was moved to the River Pond for the safety of all participants.

“This year it was just too high and too fast and we didn’t have safe conditions, but we’re very, very fortunate that we have a back-up plan.” (:00-:07)

Dawn Buehler, Kansas Riverkeeper® & Executive Director of Friends of the Kaw

“It’s been a great event, it’s great for the parks, it’s great for state parks, it’s…for the community locally and abroad as well.”(:08-:15)

Ryan McKee, Recreation Supervisor, Manhattan Parks and Recreation Department

Saturday’s parade was 318 vessels long, just 12 short of the record, but Manhattan Parks and Recreation says they will aim for breaking the record next year.

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