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Everyone has alotta fun at Yagatta Regatta

Post Independent/Kelley Cox The second annual Yagatta Regatta took float Saturday morning with costumed river enthusiasts heading down the Colorado River from Grizzly Creek. White Water Trash participated for the second year, looking as white and as trashy as ever. The rafts ended up at Two Rivers Park where they joined the music and beer festival. The event is a fundraiser for the Cooper Avenue Social Center in Glenwood Springs.

With a tattered black sail and a skeleton masthead, a raft of pirates prowled the waters of the Colorado River on Saturday.The ship full of river robbers, called the Pirates of the Colorado, joined 19 other themed boats for the second annual Yagatta Regatta, a charitable day-long raft trip and festival to benefit the Cooper Avenue Social Center.”We decided we needed to get in the spirit this year,” said Glenwood resident and pirate Cathi Rothberg, outfitted in a red headscarf, white blouse and a set of pearls. Her husband and fellow pirate, A.J., took on the role of dock master, walking around, gold chains jangling, to rouse the other boats for an 11 a.m. takeoff.

“It’s for a great cause, and it’s another excuse to get on the water,” A.J. said. His life vest boasted a stuffed animal parrot sewn onto the shoulder.Shortly before 11 a.m., Brian Botner of the Whitewater Escort Service team pulled his raft toward the boat ramp at Grizzly Creek, taking care not to damage his purple velour suit.Not far away, the S.S. Skipper of Gilligan’s Island secured inflatable palm trees in their raft as Michelle Orton fixed “Ginger’s” hair into a high ponytail.”I think we’re going to win,” said “Mrs. Howell,” played by Marianne Wilson of Glenwood. The S.S. Skipper did receive the prize for the best-themed boat at the music and microbrew festival at Two Rivers Park following the raft trip. The Whitewater Escort Service won best costume, with the Pirates of the Colorado got the second prize for best costume and the Black Pearl got the Turtle’s Go Slow award for the last boat in.At the microbrew and music festival, group Love Machine sang “Rolling on the River” from the song “Proud Mary” as residents milled about the park, sampling beer from vendors such as Steamworks Brewing, Flying Dog and the Glenwood Canyon Brewpub. Glenwood residents Karen Skalsky and Kiffany Kramm, dressed as hillbillies, said they enjoyed the rafting portion of the event.

“I’m ready to go down something with more rapids,” said Kramm, who experienced her first rafting trip at the regatta.Situated on a blanket and lawn chair, Rifle resident Ellen Klement came to see High or Hellwater, one of the musical groups in the lineup.”I wanted to see some good music and enjoy the outdoors,” she said.A few food vendors also offered fare to satisfy tired rafters, such as Greg Little’s Sloppy Joe Oysters stand. “I’ve been here 26 years in the valley. The people here keep me from leaving,” said Little, who will also set up a booth at Strawberry Days and the Carbondale Mountain Fair.

On a grassy hill away from the main lawn, Glenwood residents Becky Spagnolo, owner of the Glenwood Italian restaurant Spagnolo’s, and Ginger Currie played with their dogs. “It’s a perfect day and a perfect place,” Spagnolo said, throwing a ball to dog Michaela.”It’s a great thing. I’m glad the community’s supporting it,” Currie said. “And I’m glad that it’s summer,” she added.Contact Christine Dell’Amore: 945-8515, ext. 535cdellamore@postindependent.com

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