Apalachicola vying to break world record

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APALACHICOLA, Fla. (WTXL) -- Apalachicola Bay may be home to 90% of the state's oyster supply, but local leaders are hoping it will soon also be home to a new world record.

Anita Grove with the Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce says they're hoping to set a new world record on the Apalachicola River by "rafting up" more than 2,100 kayaks.

They're hoping to set the world record for the largest floating kayak raft. The current record was set September 24, 2011 when 1,902 kayakers and canoes assembled on Fourth Lake in Inlet, New York.

Apalachicola's record attempt will take place at the confluence of the Apalachicola River and the Apalachicola Bay, 1/2 mile east of the Apalachicola Bridge.

This will happen May 16 - 18, during the three-day "forgotten Coast Paddle Jam 2014" festival. Organizers say the new festival is a way to celebrate and highlight the Forgotten Coast and many of its natural resources.

As part of the festival, there will be various events happening throughout Apalachicola and St. George Island.

Proceeds from Saturday kayak events will go to helping "at risk" children, youth and families in need through the Outreach Ministries of the ASGI Cooperative Parish. For more information, visit www.paddle2love.com.