NEW CASTLE — The Lake Arthur Regatta was in full force this weekend for its 15th year.
People from all over packed the South Shore of Moraine State Park for a weekend of outdoor activities.
The Regatta kicked off early Saturday morning with a new event, the Quest for the King Relay Race. The event, organized by Mike and Christina Handley, involved bicycling, running, canoeing and kayaking for a total of 18 miles.
The Handleys are recent additions to the Regatta board of directors.
“We’re just avid kayakers,” Mike Handley said. “We decided we wanted to do something to get people outdoors, so we put this race together.”
Competitors in the Quest for the King Race took turns pulling “Excalibur” from a rock upon finishing the competition.
“For our first year it was a success, and we’re going to continue with it into the future,” he said.
The Regatta provided plenty of activities for kids, including the Home Depot Kids Workshop, where children learned how to build their own wooden sailboats.
Sheila Bridges said that she and her husband have been coming to the Regatta since it began. The Bridges offer guests the chance to buy materials to build their own paddle duck boats, or a 16-foot weekend skiff.
“My favorite part of the Regatta is meeting people, and encouraging them to sail and build boats,” Bridges said.
The Regatta provided guests with constant entertainment, including boat races, canoe rides and a boat parade. The 3 Rivers Dock Dogs performed Saturday afternoon on the event stage, and the Allegheny Brass Band capped off the end of Saturday’s events.
Fireworks provided by Zambelli illuminated the night sky at end of day one.
Sunday featured many on-the-water activities with paddle duck races, a sailboat race, and a sunfish race to Watts Bay, which brought yet another Regatta to a close.
Event staff member Kerry Hornyak said this was the fifth Regatta she’s been a part of, and said she always enjoys watching all the people who come out to take part in this event.
“There’s so much variety, a little bit of something for everyone,” she said.
The thousands of guests in attendance got to enjoy a weekend of outdoor activities, as always at the Regatta.