Carthage Hosts an Epic ‘Paddle Battle’ on Spring River


Today must have been a success, you can already sign up for Paddle Battle 2020

(CARTHAGE, Mo.) — Along the historic Route 66 BYWAY [aka Hwy 96] a new tradition may have been born this weekend. A two-day event was held to see who would win the <insert drum roll> battle for the paddle! 🤷‍♂️ Well it’s a really fancy engraved paddle.

Area groups & businesses spent countless hours making homemade rafts! It wasn’t easy. There was a whole list of rules and regs you had to follow when constructing your raft. Click for the full list.

  • Must be of homemade construction 
  • No commercially manufactured hulls. 
  • Examples of acceptable raft flotation: Plastic barrels, dock foam block, inner tubes, wood, etc. 
  • No electric or gas-powered motors allowed. 
  • Allowed propulsion include paddles, oars, sail, man-powered paddle wheels, etc. 

Money raised in this 2-day event go to Kellogg Lake Board for improvements and repairs such as restrooms, pump repairs, etc.

Awards for Most Likely to Sink, Best Theme w/Costume, Most Creative Raft or $500 Audience Choice!

credit Paddle Battle FB

“SS Flintsone captured the essence of the event with enthusiasm and creativity, then showed noble generosity by donating back their $500 Audience Choice Award purse! A class act indeed at Southwest Agency! We really hope you’ll come again next year!”

Carthage Paddle Battle FB

It must have been a successful year because you can already click their event and “GOING” to their Paddle Battle 2020 event page on Facebook.


Lost Mill Woodworking
66 Sales & Service
Carthage Parks & Rec
Food Truck Friday
Liberty Tree Guns
War Boys
Southwest Agency
DDA Drifters
M&M Wrecker
Keller Williams Southwest Missouri
ARVEST Carthage
The Grain Gang

Live! video, see the grand prize winner ‘The Grain Gang’ before they hit the water!

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