BIGFORK, Mont. -

Kayakers braved some overcast weather and chilling waters at the 37th annual Whitewater Festival in Bigfork.

Dubbed the "Wild Mile" for it's high rapids and obstacles, the Swan River has attracted hundreds of kayakers over the years. Organizers say the tradition and the challenge has made Bigfork a top kayaking destination every spring during the height of the runoff.

Spectators stood on rocks at the rivers edge to cheer on the competitors as they carefully navigated through small slaloms all the way to downtown Bigfork. They say it's an event not to be missed.

"It's kind of neat to see it grow more each year," said Bigfork resident Jessie Beavers, "I think it's great for Bigfork and for our little town. Hopefully it gets bigger and draws a larger crowd next year. It's a great time and I hope more people can take part in it."

There's still a chance to take part in the festival - Sunday's events kick off at 9:30 AM and include the triathlon race, downriver race, and boaters cross.