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Smaller crowds gather for Float Down amid virus warnings

Posted at 9:40 PM, Aug 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-17 21:40:11-04

PORT HURON, Mich. (AP) — Small crowds gathered for Michigan’s annual event to float down the St. Clair River despite the coronavirus pandemic and inclement weather.

According to the Times Herald, officials estimate fewer than 1,000 people participated in the 43rd Port Huron Float Down, compared to last year’s event where 5,500 people participated.

The St. Clair County Sheriff said he was pleased with a small turnout which meant the majority of the community heeded warnings regarding the weather, the pandemic and the closure of the international border with Canada — which officials threatened to punish floaters who crossed the boarder with fines and possible imprisonment.