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The Beer Tree River Float will go on as planned

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PORT CRANE (WBNG) -- The biggest question on everyone's mind was whether the Beer Tree River Float will be able to go on after all of the rain the region has received over the past week.

Organizers say that no matter the weather conditions, Saturday's float will happen as planned.

Originally scheduled for the last Saturday in July, the river float had to be postponed because heavy rainfall had caused the Chenango River's water level to rise too high and the sediment that entered the river made the water conditions murky. Owners told 12 News that the water level had fallen by Friday and that the conditions were much clearer.

Organizers said that the idea for a new event was borne out of tradition.

"We just wanted to do a river float. We talked to Jason Garnar and he mentioned the idea, bring back the Yegatta Regatta and then we kind of twisted that into the Beer Tree River Float," Chris Rhoades said.

The Yegatta Regatta last took place in 1983, when the event was canceled after one of the participants drowned. This is the first time a large group of people has floated down the Chenango since that horrific day.

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