Welcome to the 2014 Astoria Regatta!

Welcome to Astoria Regatta 2014 - Sail On! This year's annual celebration, which started in 1894 and has been designated a Historic Cultural Tradition by the Oregon State Historic Commission, promises to have something for everyone to enjoy.

Wednesday evening the Kiwanis Junior Parade through downtown Astoria is a treat for the whole family.

Thursday, Queen of Regatta Kim Dowaliby will crown a new Queen from this year's Royal Court at the Coronation at Astoria High School. There is a Queen's Reception immediately following.

Friday morning things kick off in earnest at the Maritime Memorial Park under the Astoria-Meglar Bridge. The Sector Commander of the US Coast Guard and spouse will preside over the Seaman's Memorial with Regatta Admiral Steve Fick and the new Queen of Regatta. Later that afternoon, the Royal Rosarians of Portland will have a Rose Planting at the Flavel House Museum. Friday evening, the Admiral's Reception at the Columbia River Maritime Museum is a highlight of the year. A ticket to the reception gets to enjoy a dazzling array of delicious appetizers from the cadre of talented chefs from around town while enjoying some of the local craft beers and wines. This will also be an opportunity to Regatta to recognize and honor the visiting Festival Heads from around the Northwest who travel here to participate in our celebration.

Saturday the Moose Lodge puts on a Pancake Breakfast before the delightful Grand Land Parade snakes through the downtown core. This year's Grand Marshall, Neil Everett of ESPN, has a special connection to the event. His mother, Jackie Poell, was a Regatta Princess in 1955. Make sure to visit the Regatta Square, located in the center of the parade adjacent to the Garden of Surging Waves. The local chefs are cooking up the must eat BBQ of the year and the local brewers are presenting a special Regatta Beer to a panel of judges who will proclaim a winner for the new prize in our firt annual Craft Beer Competition. There will also be a booth in Regatta Square to buy pins, tee shirts, hats and posters.

After the Grand Land Parade winds down, at the river, the fun is just getting started. Regatta's Fun Zone will be next to the Barbey Maritime Center on the east side of the CRMM campus. Always a hit for the little ones, there is plenty for parents to see and do as well. Wooden Boats on Trailers Show and a Foundry demonstration put on by the museum are both very interesting. Just west of the CRMM, local antique dealers are mounting a Nautical Collectibles show. Don't want to miss that. While you are on the river, stick around. Mid afternoon, the Clatsop County Sheriff's Volunteer Search and Rescue Team will be conducting a demonstration near the 17th St. dock. Soon after the regatta part of Regatta flows into action. The Highwater Boat Parade will have vessels large and small, from small sport craft and sailboats to commercial fishing boats and larger industrial craft. Make sure to keep an eye out for the Columbia River Bar Pilots as they lead the parade with the Admiral and Court aboard.

And to top off a fun day on the river, stick around to watch the Regatta Fireworks Show. Through it all, the Moose Lodge will again be the spot for the Pirate's Den, for those that enjoy some grog and gaming. Saturday and Sunday there is also plenty of activity at Tapiola Field, where men and women's softball teams battle it out in an annual Softball Tournament that draws players from as far away as the Midwest for the coveted trophy. Just above the softball field, the younger crowd has a skateboard tournament that has been growing in attendance over the last few years.

On Sunday, the final two events are the Ducky Derby in the West End Mooring Basin and a classical music concert at the PAC center on 16th. St. You can find out more about each of the events and more by exploring our website. Please do. I am sure that it will help motivate you to attend our Regatta and explore the wonderful town we call home.

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