Save the Date 2024

Sun, Splash, and Smiles! Spend the day with us at Union Point Park!


BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND…….WCTI TV 12’s own Brian North returns as the Master of Ceremonies

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Event Performers

The Pirates of the Loose Cannon Company


Marz Aerial Arts and Fitness

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The Tryon Palace Fife & Drum Corps

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New Bern Puppets

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Gary Shelton - Magician

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Cypress Lake

The Cypress Lake Band

Our Raft Race Judges


Sherriff Chip Hughes, Pirate Caroline Nelson and Chief of Police Patrick Gallagher 

A Day of Family Fun

Fun for all the family on and off the water!

Bring On Your Raft Designs!

Gather family and friends to build a prize-winning raft!

Win Your Event Category...

And create history on the Trent River!


Event Information

Find Race Rules and other details on this page.

Help us launch this year's event and make it the biggest of the season! We are looking for sponsors at all levels.

We had great attendance in 2019 and we’re expecting this year to be bigger still – Join us on event day as a vendor.


The Great Trent River Raft Race is back AGAIN!

In the 70’s and early 80’s there was an event….an event that drew thousands to the shores of the Trent River to watch a spectacle like no other. Hundreds of participants built homemade rafts and raced in The Great Trent River Raft Race

A couple of decades later the race is back!

June 2018 saw the successful return of the race to New Bern NC – folks from all over the State grabbed their paddle boards, jumped on their kayaks, built paddle and pedal rafts and got together with friends for a fantastic day of fun on the water!

Join the Fun - Design It, Build It, Race It!

Captain Presenting Sponsors


Thank You To Kid Zone & Entertainment Sponsor

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Thank You To First Mate – 3rd Level

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Thank You To Second Mate – 4th Level

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Thank You To Our Media Sponsors!

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