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    Southern Illinois Shrimp Fest

    Meeting up with a couple of new Baja Brothers for a 75 mile run...one-way... Launching out of Mount Vernon, Indiana and running the river to Golconda, Illinois for their annual Shrimp Fest. Spending the night...naturally... then heading back the next day. Weather's looking GREAT!!!! If you're free and have the notion...c'mon!!!

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    Re: Southern Illinois Shrimp Fest

    Sounds like a goodtime for sure!!!!!

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    Re: Southern Illinois Shrimp Fest

    Shrimp fest is a blast. And the boating is not bad....the Ohio river in the section is beautiful with the Shawnee National Forest as the background.

    Hope you had a good time. I hate it that this is the 2nd yr in a row that I have missed it.

    did you put in at the boat club in Mt. Vernon. I am member there and live about 20min to the west across the state line in IL.

    Who did you run with? Probably know them.

    Matt

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    Re: Southern Illinois Shrimp Fest

    The entire trip was a blast. I put in at the Mt. Vernon launch, but the group I ran with put in at the boat club a few blocks up the road. Matt "642MX" ran a Hammer and Josh, "JWinigier" ran his 220 Sport...but now has a newly purchased H2X. It was my first time meeting them and making this run, but it was nearly at the top of my list for best weekend of the summer. The run down to Golconda was awesome, the weather was fantastic and the water was perfect. I get the feeling the Shrimp Fest is more of an excuse to have a blowout party at the marina...that place was hopping way into the night. It's definitely on my to-do list again next year. But we're also planning a longer river run all the way into Lake Barkley...175 miles one-way next summer as well. Add to this a 3 - 4 day boat camping trip to Lake Dale Hollow too. So we are definitely going to burn some serious fuel and log some mileage next summer. Maybe we'll see ya out there. What do you run?
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    Re: Southern Illinois Shrimp Fest

    I am currently boatless at the moment. Matt is one of the guys i ran with a bunch before i had to get rid of my boat. the shrimpfest has always been a big blowout. I used to make the trip several times just cause i like that part of the river. Another good run to try is run from either Barkley lake or KY lake to Nashville, TN. About a nice 4 hr ride. Then party in Nashville all night and run back the next day. Hopefully I will be back and ready for next year. If not I know enough people to catch a ride with.

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