WFXG FOX 54. Story by Nick Lulli. April 21, 2014. Billed as the one and only festival literally on the water, BenderDinker 2014 promises food and fun all in one place.
“We have bands and food stops along a 4.5 mile island, on Little River, and Savannah River,” said founder Kristina Williams.
The kayaks will launch on Betty’s Branch on the Riverside boat ramp, near Champion’s Retreat Golf Course. Last year’s festival was almost derailed when the club tried to restrict access to the waterway during a tournament. But founder Kristina Williams said all is good this year. “Oh it’s great,” said Williams. “We’ve resolved everything. Last year, it was really just a golf tournament…we want to make sure our participants don’t have any problems with golf balls, and they didn’t want to hit any one us.”And with that roadblock out of the way, attendees are excited for what’s to come this year.
“It’s a good time,” said Cole Watkins. “Everybody that goes out there has a great time. And they come back! So it’s a good little economy boost.”
This year, proceeds from the event will benefit Augusta Locally Grown, GRU’s Camp Sweet Life, and the Savannah Riverkeeper. Williams said that’s why this year is on tap to be the biggest yet. “It is incredible,” said Williams. “This is such a phenomenal event. So many people come out and help us with things. We have boats, we have volunteers.”
Organizers are now hoping the weather will hold out so everyone can have an enjoyable time.’