FIT fundraisers are being invited to compete in one of the highlights of this year’s Melksham Food & River Festival.

The annual raft race is due to take place on Saturday, September 1 from noon.

Teams race along a kilometre of the River Avon, starting and finishing next to the Adventure Centre in the King George V playing field.

The first prize in both the junior and senior categories is £100 provided by sponsors Foxhangers Boat Building of Devizes.

Entry forms need to be submitted by July 31.

The raft race is being supported by the Melksham, Calne & Chippenham branch of the Berks & Wilts Canal Trust, which is working to restore the former waterway through the town.

Trust volunteer and event organiser Paul Lenearts said: “It’s a great way to have lots of fun while raising money for local good causes.”

See www. melksham foodandriverfestival.