SCUGOG: The annual Lake Scugog Regatta will be returning to Caesarea for its 88th year next weekend.
The theme for this year’s event is ‘Pirates of Lake Scugog.’ The action will get underway on Friday, July 29, in Putsey Park, at 6 p.m., with the annual volleyball competition between the Caesarea Firefighters and the ‘TownFolks.’ There will also be a ‘Surf or Turf’ Dinner and Dance at Beacon Marina, from 6 p.m. until 1 a.m.
Tickets to the ‘Surf or Turf’ are $35, and will only be sold to people 19 years of age and up. The meal includes lobster or steak, a potato, vegetable roll, dessert, and tea or coffee. Tickets can be bought by calling 905-447-3865.
There will also be raffle tickets sold, for draws of two Toronto Blue Jays tickets or an aerial flight to Toronto and Niagara Falls. The winners will be drawn on Sunday, July 31 at 6:30 p.m.
On Saturday, July 30, the annual costume parade will make its way from the fire hall at 10 a.m. At 11:30 a.m., there will be a dog show. The Saturday festivities will also include the annual races, watermelon eating contest, nail driving contest, face painting with Sunflower the Clown and an Erg-a-thon at the marina, put on by the Durham Rowing Club. Evolve Skate Camp will also be offering skateboard and scooter lessons, at the new Caesarea skate park, from 4 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.. Volleyball will take place at Putsey Park starting at 6 p.m. A jumping castle and dunk tank will also be on site.
On Sunday, July 31, there will be a pancake breakfast, at the Caesarea Fire Hall, from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. At 9 a.m., the Durham Rowing Club will host a round robin race around 3 buoys. The fishing derby will take place, from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. From noon until 1:30 p.m., there will be swimming, and canoe and kayak races at the pier, and at 2 p.m. a championship sailboat race is taking place. Doubles Horseshoe will start at Beacon Marina at 6 p.m., and the volleyball finals will be held in Putsey Park at 6:30 p.m.
Regatta president Shari Bown said it is the people of Scugog that have kept this event going every year.
“This event is believed to be one of the longest running three day events in Ontario, and to see people, when the event was in trouble a couple years ago, actually want to see it succeed and come out of the woodwork to offer their help and assistance and ideas has been incredible,” she said.
Ms. Bown gave numerous reasons for people to come out to this year’s festivities.
“The fact that it is a lot of fun, its all family oriented, and just to support your community,” she said.