Yagatta Regatta offers wet, wild day
Two Rivers Park will be buzzing on Saturday, welcoming rafters off the Colorado River and anyone looking for a good time to rock out, chow down and taste beer at the fourth annual Colorado Yagatta Regatta.Rafters, who are encouraged to dress in costumes and have themes for their rafts and can win prizes for their outfits, will journey from Grizzly Creek before taking out at Two Rivers to join the celebration. “The community is totally hooked in. Almost everyone has donated gift certificates for prizes,” said Jacy Sundlie, the event’s organizer. “There are quite a few boats and they are filling up. And it’s supposed to be nice weather.”A battle of the bands competition will provide music for the event starting at 1 p.m. Each band will play for 45 minutes starting with The Strays, then the Friendly Dictators, Soul Feel, Stoned Emotion, Cowboy Attitude, Natchez and Juba-Juba!Fourteen breweries will provide beer tasting for the Yagatta Regatta including Western Slope breweries Glenwood Canyon, SKA and Palisade.
The entry fee at Two Rivers is $10 for adults and $5 for children. All beer, food, volunteer time and children’s activities were donated to the Yagatta Regatta, leaving 100 percent of the proceeds to go directly to the Cooper Corner Adult Day Stay Center.”It’s getting a following. It is the biggest fundraiser for Cooper Corner and that’s what this is all about,” Sundlie said. “All of the bands, all of the breweries, everything is donated. I am even a volunteer.”Hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken wings and even ice cream will be available at Two Rivers as well as Colorado Yagatta Regatta T-shirts and hats and memorabilia from all seven bands.The event is focusing more heavily on families this year with more children’s activities including two jumping castles, a clown and face painting.”This year it is a lot more expanded,” Sundlie said. “There is a huge children’s area, last year it was kind of small. This year it’s huge.”
Volunteers are still needed to work on Saturday and can call Cooper Corner at 947-1233 for more information.Fourth annual Colorado Yagatta RegattaSaturday at Two Rivers Park, noon to 9 p.m.Admission: $10 for adults, $5 for children
Live music: featuring The Strays, Friendly Dictators, Soul Feel, Stoned Emotion, Cowboy Attitude, Natchez and Juba-Juba!Beer tasting: from Glenwood Canyon, Left Hand, SKA, Tommy Knockers, Great Divide, Coors, O’Dell’s, Oskar Blues, Breckenridge, Wynkoop, Red Fish, Flying Dog, Steamworks and Palisade Breweries.Food and children’s activitiesRafting Information: Whitewater Rafting, 945-8477To volunteer: Cooper Corner, 947-1233
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