SCUGOG: The annual Lake Scugog Regatta is returning to Caesarea for its 89th year, next weekend.
The theme for this year’s event is Canada 150.
The event will begin on Friday, August 4th. There will be a volleyball game between the Caesarea Firefighters and the ‘Town Folks’ at 6 p.m. The annual Surf or Turf dinner will also be held at Beacon Marina, with seatings at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets to the dinner are $40 each and can be bought at the chip truck at Beacon Marina, or by calling Shari at 905-447-3865. People are encouraged to buy their tickets quickly as they are almost sold out.
The action continues on Saturday, August 5th in Putsey Park, with the annual costume parade leaving the Caesarea Fire Station at 10:30 a.m. Saturday’s activities will also include a dog show, running races and the sack hop relay, an egg toss, and the nail driving and watermelon eating competitions. As well, there will be vendors, a dunk tank, face painting, free skateboard and scooter lessons, the horseshoe and volleyball tournaments, and a free movie in the park at dusk on Saturday. The horseshoe tournament will be held at Beacon Marina. New to the event this year is a jousting arena.
On Sunday, August 6th, a pancake breakfast will be held at the Caesarea Fire Hall. The Water Races will take place at 9:30 a.m. and there will be a fishing derby at Beacon Marina. The Volleyball Finals will begin in Putsey Park at 6 p.m.
There will also be a bottle drive being held all weekend, with 100 per cent of the proceeds going to the Lake Scugog Regatta Association. For more information on the drive, contact Susie at 905-986-4038.
Regatta president Shari Bown said last year’s regatta was a big success.
“We did really well last year. We were concerned because of the ribfest being in town for the first year, but it was one of our most successful years,” she said.
She added that the Rotary Club of Port Perry, the organizers of the ribfest, have been “amazing” at helping to promote this year’s regatta.
With this being the 89th year of the three day event, Ms. Bown spoke about what it has been like to have the support of the community over the years.
“Its been great. We’ve been working so hard to rebuild this back up and the community has been amazing, everybody’s been so supportive,” she said.
Those who would like to volunteer at the event are asked to contact Ms. Bown at 905-447-3865.
For the full lineup of events, check out “Lake Scugog Regatta for Family, Friends and Our Community” on Facebook.