TULSA - Thousands of people lined up along the Arkansas banks to watch the annual Great Raft Race and then enjoy an after party to watch the racers cross the finish line.
The Finish Line Festival gave family and friends a change to enjoy the holiday together with tons free activities.
"This is my first time here," said Emma Stuttee.
"I’ve been a few years ago," said Avery Alexander.
More than 10,000 people joined in the many festivities, either sitting on the banks watching the great raft race, enjoying a good meal or listening to music.
"We went to the start to watch them launch the boats and then we came over here and we’ve just been playing games and stuff," Stuttee said.
This was the first year volunteers added scheduled games, giving away prizes and gifts.
"It’s so amazing to see the families get involved and for everyone to come out and work together," said Jared Tiner, who is part of the Games Committee for the festival.
Donnie Jordan said his family enjoys being outside during Labor Day and having activities to do together.
"Sometimes it’s either just barbecues or hanging out by the house and so to be able to get out with the family and have a lot of things going it, it’s just really fun," Jordan said.
Jordan said they plan to come back next year to participate in the river activities.
"We wish we had read a little more about cardboard boat regatta," Jordan said. "We would have liked to have the chance to build a boat and try and float it on the river."
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