Welcome to the 2013 Astoria Regatta!
The Astoria Regatta is the historic celebration of the oldest American city west of the Rockies. The festivities take place over a five day span in early August every year. This years theme is A River Runs To It, and begins Wednesday August 7 with the Kiwanis Junior Parade through downtown Astoria.
Thursday, August 8 will see the Coronation of this year's Queen, selected from a Royal Court of young women attending local high schools.
Friday, the Festivities begin to ramp up, starting with an emotionally moving ceremony honoring those lost at sea and conducted by the US Coast Guard at Astoria's Maritime Memorial Park. That is followed by the Past Admiral's and President's Luncheon, the annual Rose Planting by Portland's Royal Rosarians and capping off the evening, the Admiral's Reception at the Columbia River Maritime Museum. This year's Reception is a ticketed event that will feature Hors D'evoures from Astoria's top restaurants.
Saturday morning starts off bright and early with the annual Pancake Breakfast at the the Moose Hall while the Grand Land Parade gathers and forms. Before, during and after the Parade, a BBQ, Beer Garden and stage will be open in the center of town at Heritage Square. Make sure to join the Grand Marshall, beloved star of screen and television, Michael Ironside at the annual Grand Land Parade winds up one side and down the other of the Square. This BBQ will again be executed by the top chefs from the region and feature national,
regional and locally crafted beers.
By mid-afternoon, the focus will shift to the area around the Columbia River Maritime Museum and its recently dedicated Barbey Maritime Center. Join this year's Admiral, Helena Barbey Lankton, as a flurry of activity occurs on the banks of the mighty Columbia. Watch as the Astoria Yacht Club demonstrates some short course small craft races. Thrill as the Coast Guard shows off some rescue techniques from helicopters and their amazing swimmers. Gawk as the amazing Columbia River Bar Pilots offer a tour of some of their incredible working boats, surrounded by the Old Wooden Boats on Trailers Show. These gems are sure to elicit some oohs and ahs from the Antiques Roadshow lovers. Even the Sea Scouts are getting into the action as they will be demonstrating some near shore activity for young and old alike.
The Columbia River Maritime Museum is sure to include everyone in a 'Regatta Package' that showcases not only the Barbey Center, but also the main gallery and this year's megahit "Sharks 3D", currently playing in their revamped theater.
The Regatta Boat Parade caps off the maritime activity, with prizes given in several catagories to the many vessels of different classes participating. Everything from sailboats to commercial fishing boats will be out in the river, strutting their stuff. The Awards Reception will be held at the new Astoria Yacht Club space the West End Mooring Basin and again feature tasty treats from local chefs, brewers and wine makers.
Through it all, the Moose will be hosting three days and late nights of gaming and grog at the Pirate's Den. Sporting buffs can weigh in at either the Aquatic Center, for a series of Swimming Races, or at Tapiola Field for the annual Softball Tournament.
Sunday, August 11 gets a great start with the annual Farewell Breakfast and more fun with the Astoria Yacht Clubs final day of racing and the Ducky Derby. It is also the conclusion of the softball tournament, where teams from as far away as the Mid-West vie for the coveted trophy.
So join us for the Astoria Regatta 2013 - there are plenty of free opportunities to kick back and enjoy the oldest celebration in America's oldest Western town.
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