Its that time again, for a Wanigan.

The 2015 World Championship Wanigan Race

Wanigan – “The Chuck Wagon of the river”

Saturday July 11th, 2015

10:30 am : Lega-Sea Class and Open Sea Class Rafts begin @ Waterways Campground

11:00 am-1:30 pm : Awards Celebration & After Party @ Lincoln Street Bridge

12:00 pm: Tip-Sea Class Raft Race @ Lincoln Street Bridge

 For 2015 there are 3 class categories to choose from to join the Raft Race!   Traditional wooden Wanigan’s, open style rafts, or even inflatable devices! Whatever floats your boat! As long as your boat floats!

2015 Wanigan Captain’s Pack

Lega-Sea Class: Traditional Wooden Wanigan

o    Standard Course: Waterways Campground to Lincoln Street Bridge

o    Race Time: 10:30 am

o    Crew Size: 3-6 Members

o    Wanigan Menu: Traditional Chili

o    $50 Entry Fee

o    Prizes Awarded 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place

Open Sea Class: Wanigan Can Be Any Material! Barrel Platform, Pontoon Base etc.

o    Standard Course: Waterways Campground to Lincoln Street Bridge

o    Race Time: 10:30 am

o    Course Obstacles: Navigate Obstacles to Retrieve Bonus Items

o    Crew Size: 3-6 Members

o    Wanigan Menu: Traditional Chili

o    $50 Entry Fee

o    Prizes Awarded 1st and 2nd Place

Tip- Sea Class: Smaller Rafts & Flotation Devices! Wake Boards, Cardboard Boats, Noodles

o    Shorter Course: Across to The Opposite River Side at Lincoln Street Bridge

o    Race Time: Following the Main Wanigan Races At Approximately 12:00 pm

o    Crew Size: 2 or More Members

o    Wanigan Menu: Carry A Can Of Beans

o    $10 Entry Fee

o    Prizes Awarded First Place Adult and Kids Team

          Pay Online (Optional)

Pick Your Class
Team Name
Captains Name and Phone Number

 

The annual World Championship Wanigan Race is really something special and it takes place on Saturday of the Waterways Festival.  Back in the great days when Cheboygan was the logging capital of the north in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, or so the story goes, lumbermen would strap logs together and make a cooking raft to gather on and eat their hot meals. This Cheboygan Jaycees sponsored race keeps the tradition alive as teams of up to six from all over compete with their versions of a “Wanigan.”

From the Highway 33 Bridge, down the Cheboygan River to the Lincoln Street Bridge; the teams paddle for glory while cooking chili and keeping it at a boil!

Interested in joining the fun? Contact the Cheboygan Jaycees or the Cheboygan Area Chamber of Commerce and we’ll provide the details, the sign up forms, and raft specifications; or better yet, just download the 2015 Wanigan Captain’s Pack

NOTICE: All spectators viewing from the Cheboygan Dam area or any DNR park areas must have proper permits.

This year trophies and prizes will be awarded for each event as detailed in the Captains Pack!

The “Cordwood Johnson” Award

Best Chili

  • To win this award, raft cooks must enter their chili into a blind taste test at the awards ceremony following the race; judged by all raft captains.

“Most Spirited” Award

  • Judged by committee on team spirit, loudest cheers, team uniforms, unique gimmick, etc.

“Barely Made It” Award 

  • Judged by committee taking slowest race time OR the most issues during the race.

For more information please email Lindsey Miller at lindsmill1290@gmail.com