Neches River Rendezvous set to go on after years of cancellation

Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - After three years of being canceled due to record rainfall, the Neches River Rendezvous is back on.

The annual 10-mile, family-friendly float on the Neches River is scheduled in June each year.

However this is the first time in three years that flooding is not expected to interfere.

"It's pretty exciting for it to be back on," said annual participant Wayne Haglund. "There hasn't been enough rain, so hopefully there won't be anything to interfere this year."

The Chamber of Commerce said the event will likely happen this year since there is no flooding.

Conservationist Richard Donovan said it's not a pleasant journey if the water levels are high, but this year's return of the rendezvous is like having a homecoming.

"It's been missed for so many years," Donovan said.

And to make sure participants like Haglund enjoy the Annual Neches River Rendezvous, the Chamber of Commerce has a Plan B put together.

"So, this year we do have two dates," said marketing director Tori Charanza. "June 2 is the main event date, and so far, it seems that it's going well, but if it does rain again, and the river does get too high, we have a rainout date on June 16."

Haglund said everyone who participates will enjoy a good time outdoors.

"So if you love the outdoors, you love the woods, and you love the water you better not miss the opportunity," Haglund said.

The rendezvous is scheduled for June 2, 2018.

If you'd like to register a link is provided for you: http://lufkintexas.org/whatwedo/neches-river-rendezvous/

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