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阿肯色河上布满许多装饰华丽的木筏, 在热闹 的周六早上参加木筏竞赛,1992年

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威奇塔河节
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您曾看过浴缸竞赛或恐龙木筏吗?假如您在五月的威奇塔河节,来到堪萨斯州的威奇塔
,您就有机会看到了。每年,威奇都会举办长达十天的派对,这个派对始于1972年;除了木筏及浴缸项目外,节庆活动还包括了现场的余兴活动、烹饪比赛及钓鱼船竞赛。

古董浴缸竞赛是一个经金氏世界记录认可的活动,将古董浴缸,架设在漂浮的平台上,在河上彼此竞速,以取得最高奖项:一座镀金浴缸。在早期的比赛中,有些浴缸从未抵达终点线,有些人怀疑,阿肯色河的河底,仍留有许多浴缸!

在星期六早上举办的木筏竞赛,装饰好的木筏,会漂荡在蜿蜒的阿肯色河上,木筏上的人会将河水喷洒在旁观者身上。除了恐龙木筏之外,也有赛车木笩、史奴比木筏及蠢蛋木笩。假如您要参加这个木筏比赛,您的木筏主题会是什么?


Have you ever seen a bathtub race or a dinosaur raft? If you are in Wichita, Kansas, during the River Festival in May, you will have your chance. Every year Wichita celebrates with a 10-day-long party, which was first held in 1972. In addition to the raft and bathtub events, the festival features live entertainment, cook-offs, and a fishing derby.

The Antique Bathtub Race, an event that is even recognized in the Guinness Book of World Records, features antique tubs, mounted on flotation platforms, all racing across water for the top trophy -- a gold-plated bathtub. In the early days of the race, some of the tubs never made it to the finish line. Some people suspect that there are still a few tubs at the bottom of the Arkansas River!

During the Saturday morning raft race, decorated rafts float down the winding Arkansas River, their occupants spraying the spectators with river water. Besides the dinosaur raft, there have been race car rafts, a Snoopy raft and a Dumbo raft. If you were to enter a rafting contest, what would your raft look like?

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