Last year's NRG raft competing in the NRG Great Raft Race.
Last year's NRG raft competing in the NRG Great Raft Race. Contributed

Get rafts ready for the Gladstone Harbour Festival's race

AHOY me hearties, all aboard for the 51st annual Gladstone Harbour Festival NRG Great Raft Race.

It's one of the most exciting and spectacular events of the festival and nominations are still open.

The race attracts a swarm of spectators along the banks of Auckland Creek to see whose boat will float, and whose will sink into the dark depths.

It is held on the Good Friday holiday, March 29, so head along to see local businesses and industry teams get competitive in the water.

The Harbour Festival has about 70,000 visitors pass through each year and this extremely popular event will bring hundreds of onlookers to the entertaining occasion.

It's a colourful and creative way to promote your business, club or organisation, as well as showing your goodwill and community involvement by competing in the raft race.

So bring your buccaneers and get all hands on deck to build your raft for this year's race.

Entries to the raft race are now open, log onto gladstonefestival.com and get your event kit and entry form.

Alternatively, phone the Festival hotline on 49725111 for further information.

Entries are also still open for Junior Queen Quest, the Street Parade, Talent Quest and Battle of the Bands.