Recovering alcoholics host ‘Slim Far’ tubing event

By: Aaron Dimick Email
By: Aaron Dimick Email

EAU CLAIRE (WEAU) Dozens of floaters took part in Slim Far on Saturday afternoon, the annual family-friendly tubing event on the Chippewa River, which is dedicated to having a good time without the pressures of alcohol.

“The event stands for sober or serene living is marvelous. It’s the opposite of Fat Far. Which means its drug and alcohol free,” said Kitty Mance of Altoona, the event’s creator.

Fat Far is a notorious June event in Chippewa Falls where hundreds of participants float down the Chippewa River drinking alcohol.

Two weeks later and several miles down the River, dozens gathered in downtown Eau Claire’s Phoenix Park for the alternative float down.

While she’s not opposed to Fat Far, Slim Far organizer and creator Kitty Mance said there aren’t many float down events in the Chippewa Valley that accommodate families and recovering alcoholics.

“I came up with the idea last year. I’ve been alcohol free myself. There aren’t a lot of things for people to do that don’t include drinking or drug abuse,” Mance said.

Abby Schroeder of Eau Claire said she came to the event to catch some rays and to support her friends who are going through recovery.

“There is a lot of drinking in Wisconsin. And you can have fun being clean and sober too,” Schroeder said.

For some, Slim Far is an event to celebrate reaching another milestone in their recovery from alcohol addiction.

“I’m proud. I came a long way from where I was a year and a half ago. I’m 18 months clean,” Mance said.

“So if I can do it at my age anyone can. That’s why I stick around, to show you can do it at any age, at any time,” said Mary Jane P. of Eau Claire.

The floaters ended their cruise down the river at the Hobbs Ice Arena boat landing.

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  • by Kittyhost Location: Altoona on Jul 5, 2011 at 04:36 PM
    Thank you to all for the support I really appreciate all positive feed back! I started slim far last year i had usually attended fat far but i decided it wouldnt be the best idea as a addict just startinng out in recovery. It was a little more organized this year with getting flyers out & advertising event but i could definatly use a little more help planing event for next year! I am open for suggestions
  • by Justin Location: Eau Claire on Jul 5, 2011 at 04:11 PM
    Well done :) drinking is for wankers anyway. Best of luck to the people recovering from alcohol addiction,
  • by Nikki Location: Eau Claire on Jul 5, 2011 at 12:40 PM
    Brilliant! It's refreshing to know there is still an event out there where alcohol isn't involved. It is these events that show young children and teenagers that good times can be had without the presence of alcohol. Now if we can just find something alcohol free to do in the winter?....I would say the movie theatre but it sounds like they might get there hands on a liqour license before too long. What are they thinking!?!
  • by Social drinker Location: Eau Claire on Jul 5, 2011 at 09:07 AM
    While I am a social drinker, I don't like to be around drunks! I think way too much emphasis is put on having to have a drink to have fun. This sounds like a great event for anyone who wants to have fun and not have to put up with the behaviors of those few bad apples who think they must get drunk and act stupid.
  • by Charlie Sheen Location: Hollywood on Jul 4, 2011 at 12:28 PM
    You serious bro, these are bunch of not #winning folk. Come hit me up in LA and we will take a real ride down the river of intoxication. DUH WINNING
  • by family Location: eau claire on Jul 4, 2011 at 11:32 AM
    Wish we would have known ahead of time. While you don't have to drink at Fat Far, I would not want to submit my kids to the behaviors that occur at Fat Far with those that are drinking. I don't want them to think you have to drink like a fish in order to be funny or have fun. We choose to spend as much time as we can with our kids, which means we are limited in the places and activies with which to spend our time. WEAU-please remind everyone ahead of time next year so more can participate. Thank you!
  • by Joe Location: CF on Jul 4, 2011 at 11:11 AM
    What fun is this gonna be?
  • by Jo E Location: La Crosse on Jul 4, 2011 at 10:31 AM
    Sounds like an awesome time. I wouldl love to come & do that next yr. Can someone tell me when it will be? Have a great 4th!
  • by sb Location: menomonie on Jul 4, 2011 at 10:02 AM
    This is a wonderful idea - wish I had heard about it. I was raised in a family of alcoholics and drug abusers and have chosen a path of freedom from both. Had I known of the event I would have volunteered to help out and brought many of my friends that also believe in living a healthier and clean life. Wonderful that it was a family event. :)
  • by pjll on Jul 4, 2011 at 08:42 AM
    This sounds like a great event. Is it the same time every year and why was it not advertised? I would have been there with my friends. Let's get the word out before these events happen-heh.
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