- Associated Press - Thursday, July 23, 2015

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - After 19 years on the Chena River, Sunday’s Red Green Regatta in Fairbanks will be the last.

The KUAC-hosted event is held in honor of “The Red Green Show,” a sketch-comedy program on the television network. The regatta is being canceled due to recent budget cuts and insufficient staffing, The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported (https://bit.ly/1CWoMaR).

KUAC staffing has been reduced in recent years from over 30 full-time employees to 16. General Manager Keith Martin says with fewer employees shouldering more responsibilities, it didn’t seem appropriate to ask them to continue organizing the event.

“I hate to see it go. It’s one of the most fun things I’ve ever done with public broadcasting,” Martin said.

Red Green Show creator Steve Smith will attend the final regatta as a send-off. Martin said he bought his ticket to Fairbanks after he heard this would be the event’s final year.

Participants in the event build watercraft and costumes from recycled materials and at least one roll of duct tape and then see if they can float down the Chena between Graehl Park Boat Launch and Pioneer Park Boat Ramp.


Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, https://www.newsminer.com

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