The Big Showdown...


It is just like a classic Western showdown in Deadwood. Two opponents, eyes squinted with determination, locked in the gaze of competition - their fates to be decided on July 19th. Only one can emerge victorious.

The Dow Garden's secret weapon... The Dow Gardens team's secret weapon...

Well, almost like a classic Western showdown. The showdown won’t be at high noon nor will there be tumbleweeds blowing across the wind-swept Main Street. There will be no townsfolk taking cover behind a water trough. There will be plenty of water, however, at the Milk Jug Raft Race at this year’s Riverdays. The summer students from Dow Gardens, their raft adorned with the 2007 flag of victory and built under the direction of Dow Gardens Entomologist Elly Maxwell, have challenged the crew of the Chippewa Nature Center to engage on the stream of battle this year.



The team prepares for the big day by testing their raft.  You can see the sheer determination! The Dow Gardens team prepares for the big day by testing their raft. You can see the sheer determination!

Will the bold Dow Garden challengers defeat the Chippewa Nature Center team or will the Chippewa team secure the flag of victory? Is there a dark horse quietly waiting on the bank of the river to make them both look like mere colts?

The public showdown begins at Riverdays on July 19, 2009 at 3pm.    Spurs optional.