Yagatta Regatta promises a lotta fun
In the two years since its inception, the Colorado Yagatta Regatta has attracted rafters dressed as river pirates, island castaways and whitewater hillbillies.Event organizers hope such creative characters return to the scenic stretch of the Colorado River from Grizzly Creek to Two Rivers Park on Saturday, June 4.”The costumes have been on the bizarre side,” said Tom Boas, Yagatta Regatta founder and vice president of the Cooper Corner adult stay program, which the event benefits. “It’s one big water fight down on the river.”
Boas said while the 2004 regatta hosted around 30 boats, he expects at least 50 to enter this year’s rafting and costume party, which starts at 1 p.m. at the park. Boats launch from the Grizzly Creek put-in, just off the Interstate 70 exit, at 2 p.m. “We’re the first festival of the summer season,” Boas said. “It’s a great event to kick off the summer. It’s one of those come-and-get-muddy events, and a chance to spend the day in the park.”The Yagatta Regatta is not just an event for private boat owners or experienced rafters. Whitewater Rafting will provide rafts for crews of up to 10 and individuals at $25 per person, or the company will guide boats for $35 per person (prices include the $10 event entry fee). Private boaters and nonrafters can enter Two Rivers Park for music and microbrews for $10 per adult and $5 per child.
“Individuals without a full crew or single people can come down and join in the mix,” said Sondra Wilson, sales manager for Whitewater Rafting. “We don’t want people who don’t have a crew to feel left out.”Wilson encouraged all participants, even those with private boats, to register by Thursday, June 2.”The U.S. Forest Service will be there, and they want to have an estimate of who will be on the river,” she said. “Just one private boat has registered so far.”
Activities at the park include beer selections from 15 microbreweries and Coors Distributors, food concessions, children’s games, and music by Boulder bluesman and guitarist Johnny O and valley bands SoulFeel and Seventh Hour.To participate, or for questions about the Yagatta Regatta, call Whitewater Rafting at 945-8477.
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