48th Annual Lock Haven Jaycee’s Regatta kicks off Friday

LOCK HAVEN — Food, rides, arts and crafts sales, good music and especially adrenaline-pumping speed boat racing — that’s what makes the annual Lock Haven Area Jaycees Regatta so popular.

“Boaters love Lock Haven,” said DuWayne Kunes, Jaycees treasurer.“They enjoy the course and the atmosphere.”

“Last year, 530 boaters turned out for the regatta, marking the biggest boat count ever. And this year we’re looking to repeat or even beat that record with the Northeast Divisional Championships on Saturday and the 850 modified National Championships on Sunday,” he said

The four-day event kicks off tomorrow at 6 p.m. with discount carnival rides and arts and crafts vendors in Canal Park open until 10 p.m. The Big Daddy Bangers will be performing from 7 to 10 p.m. on the Jaycees’ stage.

The opening ceremony begins at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Julie Brennan, tourism/chamber director for the Clinton County Economic Partnership, will be the emcee, welcoming all boat racers, vendors and everyone else who came to the festivities.

Also, the City of Lock Haven and Woodward Township as well as three local sports teams will be recognized during the opening ceremonies.

The state will be citing the city and the township for their work in recognizing the Susquehanna River in a positive way through the regatta. Jerry Walls, a retired director of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the Planning Association, will be presenting the city and township with a 2018 Great Places in Pennsylvania certificate.

Three Keystone Little League teams, Keystone 8-10 and 11-12 All Stars and Clinton Softball 9-11 All Stars, who all made it to the state championships in each of their divisions, will also be recognized.

After the opening ceremony, boat races will begin and continue until dusk. Races Saturday include the Northeast Divisional Championships which were cancelled in June due to bad weather.

Entertainment will begin at noon and last until 10 p.m. with acoustic performances by Deano Spumani, Abram Williams, Damon Shaheen, Second Street, Boom Box and Quarterstick. Arts and crafts vendors will be available from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. in Canal Park.

On Sunday, racing will begin at 10 a.m. and continue until dusk. Among the races will be the 850 modified National Championships. These boats are the biggest, fastest and noisiest boats, Kunes said. The Dash for Cash finals are at 3 p.m.

Arts and crafts vendors will open at 12 noon and continue until 10 p.m. Hourly prizes will be given away during entertainment sponsored by Bear Country Radio with performances by Biscuit Jam, Ridin’ Shotgun, The Clark McLane Band, Doug Irwin, The Corral, and Nashville recording artist Rocky Allen.

Fireworks will be held at 10:30 p.m.

Monday will mark the final day for the regatta with racing beginning at 10 a.m. and ending at 3 p.m.

Arts and crafts vendors will be open from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. in the park and music provided by the Jaycees will be ongoing from 12 noon until 8 p.m.

Phil Reeder will start the music off at 12 noon and play until 2 p.m., when the ’80s rock band RIZE will take over and play until 5 p.m. LIXX will close out the event, playing from 6 to 8 p.m.

Advance ride tickets can be purchased at Addie’s, Walker’s Hardware, Avenue 209 and Corning Street Station.