Building a Superhero Raft


DJ Chilcote’s day job is driving a truck for McMahon Tire, but in his spare time he enjoys building Three Rivers Festival rafts for the company.  In fact, Chilcote is so skilled at building river rafts, TRF officials asked McMahon to construct a raft and pull it in the July 8 parade to promote the raft race.

Now that high water levels on the St Marys River have forced the July 15 raft race to be cancelled, Chilcote will still take satisfaction in knowing that he and his volunteer helpers did a job well done.

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