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Organizers of the Slide the City event, Salt Lake City-based Slide the City LLC, informed staff at Real Racine today (June 30) that they may cancel the Saturday, Aug. 8 event planned for Hoffert Drive at Racine’s North Beach Park.

Organizers reported that only 374 people have registered for the Racine event. They had expected the one-day Racine edition of Slide the City to sell out to a crowd of 5,000 people.

In an email to Real Racine’s Kari Dawson, the event organizer, Scott Ward, stated: “I am going to have to make a decision very soon as to whether or not we will be able to make Racine happen. I will be discussing with my corporate office later this week to see what they think.”

Ward added that if the event is canceled, all registrants will receive a full refund or have the option of transferring their registration to the Slide the City Milwaukee event, currently scheduled for Saturday, July 25.

Slide the City is a 1,000-foot “slip-and-slide” staged on a city street that allows for participants to slide down on inflatable devices, like inner tubes.

Until a decision is reached by Slide the City organizers, registration is still open for the Aug 8 Racine event. Current online prices per person are: $15 for a single slide, $35 for a triple slide or $45 for a package that includes a 3-hour window to use the slide, in addition to a registration packet that includes a drawstring bag, tattoo, mouth guard and inner tube.

Participants must be at least 5 years old and be at least 48 inches tall.

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Real Racine — Racine County’s destination marketing organization — is responsible for recruiting Slide the City to Racine and had agreed to cover all of the municipal costs to hold the event here.

“We are extremely disappointed to learn Slide the City may be canceling its Racine event, ” said Kari Dawson, events director at Real Racine. “We have heard such a positive buzz around town, so this news is pretty shocking, especially after all of the work that went into making it a reality. We know a lot of residents will be disappointed as well if it’s canceled.”

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