NORTH-EAST Rivers Festival director Lyndon Russell has completed his annual reconnaissance run down the Ringarooma River.
Mr Russell does a river run each year in the week leading up to the Derby River Derby to check river depth, snags and other potential hazards to ensure the safety of the 200 or so people who will take to the river in inner tubes tomorrow.
He was again accompanied by Scottsdale's Brendon Woolnough.
``We cut a few willow limbs along the way and a couple of trees that had blown half across the river,'' said Mr Russell, who not only directs the 11-event festival, but has led the winning team - Russell's Raiders - in the super-multi race for the past five years.
``There were 220 people on the river last year, well up on the year before, and about 2000 people came along to watch, throw flour and water bombs and generally enjoy the iconic event,'' he said.
``We're hoping to improve on that this year.''
The Derby River Derby started as a challenge between two mates 37 years ago and has since become a Tasmanian icon.
Brave souls don life jackets, head protection and, if they value feeling in their bodies, wetsuits, before jumping onto inner tubes and paddling down the river dodging water and flour bombs.
Races start from 9am.