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The Coosa County Extension Office and local volunteers hosted the second annual Hatchet Creek Festival on May 31 – June 1.

It was funded by a grant from the Coosa Valley R,C&D Council. A total of 80 paddlers from all over the state made the two-day float.  The event included a bus shuttle, camping gear shuttle, a catered catfish supper, live music and educational speakers who discussed Bird Watching and Alabama Trails. 

Sunday included a catered hot breakfast cooked on site followed by a morning devotion by retired NFL coach, Bobby Jackson.  While at the campsite the paddlers could swim, play horseshoes and other games or go fishing in a nearby pond.  Evening entertainment was provided by the Weogufka Songwriters.  A late night rain shower brought up the water level so the second day was an exciting float down to see the Cahaba lillies. 

At the final take out, volunteers pulled the boats out for the paddlers and helped them load their vehicles for the return home.  It was a real team effort including Extension staff: Roger Vines, Jennifer Whitman, Jo Walter, Chuck Browne, Shane Harris, Bruce Deupree, Tom Chestnut, Kristy Abrams and Andy Baril. 

One of paddlers made this You Tube Video.