Regatta rafters revel on the river |

Regatta rafters revel on the river

Chyrise Harris
Post Independent Staff
Post Independent Photo/Kara K. PearsonRafters in the Yagatta Regatta hoot and holler as they drift down the Colorado River toward Two Rivers Park in Glenwood Springs Saturday afternoon.

The clouds may be low and the sun may be hidden, but on the day of the Yagatta Regatta, none of that matters. You just gotta go; no excuses.

The ominous weather hanging over Glenwood Saturday didn’t keep everyone away, as the third annual Yagatta Regatta kicked off the summer season.

“The morning weather really affected us,” said Yagatta founder Tom Boas, who said the cool and cloudy weather kept about a third of residents away from the event.

But remember that old saying, “quality over quantity?” This year’s Yagatta Regatta may not have attracted record numbers of people, but it certainly lured a motley of unique individuals. From the “Pope” to the Glenwood elite, the Colorado River carried a variety of people from Grizzly Creek to the food, drinks and music at Two Rivers Park.

Singing praises down the river, Peggy Thomas in the Pope Mobile said she and her friends, none other than the Catholic nuns, came up with their costumes as a way of celebrating the election of a new Pope while supporting the Cooper Corner adult stay program.

“It’s a good fund-raiser, and great to come out and listen to bands and have fun with friends,” Thomas said.

Ken WIlliams, of Steamboat, said after riding the river in his Hawaiian attire, “You gotta do it. It’s incredible and a wonderful time.”

“Without a doubt, the river is this community’s best asset,” Boas said. He said the Yagatta Regatta is a great way to get people who have settled in and forgotten that they live on the Colorado River back down to the river.

Even the valley elite came out to hobnob with the regular folks.

“We’re rich guys listening to Frank Sinatra and drinking champagne,” joked Cliff Colia, actually a teacher from Glenwood Springs.

Mixed in with the regulars, the Yagatta Regatta even attracted a few first-timers.

David and Kat Mooney, parents of SoulFeel members, danced in the park giving a loud “heck yeah,” when asked if they would return to Yagatta Regatta next year.

Some skipped river rafting and headed straight to Two Rivers Park where live bands SoulFeel, Johnny O Band and Seventh Hour lifted spirits of those who just had to come out to the Yagatta Regatta.

Contact Chyrise Harris: 945-8515, ext. 511

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