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Fast Water Cancels Saluda River Rally

The 9th Annual Saluda River rally has been cancelled due to river conditions. The recent rains and the release of water has created conditions too hazardous for the kayak event.

The organizers of the event had anticipated a fast river with a water flow of 1,300-1,500 cubit feet per second. The river was flowing at 3,000 cubit feet per second earlier today, prompting safety concerns for the event. 

The River Rally traditionally welcomes kayakers of all skill levels, thus increasing the risk of holding an countywide event in such rapid water. This year's event will not be rescheduled.

The non-kayaking portion of the event, including food and entertainment, will go on as scheduled from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The Saluda River Grill will be open for lunch, local exhibitors and Greyhound Band will provide riverside entertainment. Though the river events have been canceled the river view and white capping from dam will be quite spectacular.

Dolly Cooper Park will be also be open for overnight camping on Friday and Saturday.

Refunds for kayakers will be issued. For additional information or inquiries, please contact Matt Schell at 864-760-5948 or

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