Canton Lake rafts compete in annual celebration

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Uncle Donny is captained by Benjamin Nichols with crew members Dyana Nichols and their dog for the Lake Anasagunticook Association’s annual Lake Days celebration in Canton. Uncle Donny won the categories of fastest raft and funniest raft.

CANTON — A raft race drew plenty of spectators during Lake Anasagunticook Association’s annual Lake Days celebration on Aug. 18 on Canton Beach. 

Six rafts entered the race — although one raft, ridden by Griffin Dunn, Ryan Ng, Evan Hornbach and Nihal Dasty could not make it to the launch site due to strong headwinds. Of the 19 participants on the five rafts that raced, nine were children and one was a dog.

There were 40 spectators on the beach, and more watched from the celebration on Lake Shore Drive. Both events were free and open to the public.

The judges for the raft race were Canton Selectman Carole Robbins and Hartford Selectman Lee Holman. 

LAA is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization that works in partnership with the lakefront property owners, residents of Canton and Hartford, and other interested parties to preserve the water quality of the lake, sustain its aesthetic appeal and provide recreational opportunities.

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The Party Boat is captained by Jimmy Boston with crew members Charlie Boston, Maureen Boston and Katie Barron for the Lake Anasagunticook Association’s annual Lake Days celebration in Canton. The Party Boat won Best in Show.

Raft race judges for the Lake Anasagunticook Association’s annual Lake Days celebration in Canton are Canton Selectman Carole Robbins, left, and Hartford Selectman Lee Holman.

The Sailfish captain, Alfred Perez, cheers during the raft race at the Lake Anasagunticook Association’s annual Lake Days celebrationon in Canton.

Flower Power captain Margaret Taylor with crew member Cyndi Phillips won the ward for the raft most likely to sink at the Lake Anasagunticook Association’s annual Lake Days celebration in Canton. 

Alfred Perez, captain of the The Sailfish, stands with crew members Evans Perez, Arianna D’Ambrosio, Anthony D’Ambrosio, Noah Schrock, Caitlin Schrock, Santika Hodgkin and Tyoaka Hodgkin. The group participate in the Lake Anasagunticook Association’s annual Lake Days celebration in Canton.

The Sailfish crew members are Evans Perez, Arianna D’Ambrosio, Anthony D’Ambrosio, Noah Schrock, Caitlin Schrock, Santika Hodgkin and Tyoaka Hodgkin with captain Alfred Perez. 

Captain Steven Elsman Jr., front, paddles The Jeri-Rig with help from crew member Logan Cyr in the Lake Anasagunticook Association’s annual Lake Days celebration in Canton. Elsman and Cyr received the award for most creative raft, which was made completely of recycled materials. 

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