Boats hit the water in New Richmond

August 27th, 2009    Author: Marsha Mundy    Filed Under: News

The wall overlooking the Ohio River in New Richmond was filled with onlookers during the 17th Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta which took place Saturday, Aug. 22, at RiverDays.

There were 51 entries this year according to organizer of the event, Ray Perszyk. Three boats were registered to race in two separate events.

“I guesstimate that we had around 3,000 race fans and groupies for the race this year,” said race organizer Ray Perszyk. “Based on the wall, steps and beach count, we have estimates of 30 – 35,000 over the three day weekend.”

Bwanna Johnny, aka Craig Troescher, was on the beach to call the boaters to the starting line and he also called the races, encouraging boaters who were lagging behind or tipping.

The top awards in each category include, Chastity Lemon and Tom Lemon in Slime Time for the multi-crew boat; Zack McGee in Nemo for the single crew boat and the fastest boat of the day; Mac Bloom in Ghost Busters III Jr for the youth category; Sam Richard in Elemonator winner of the cardboard cup; Jon and Dave Janszen in SOS Cobra received the Titanic Award for the most dramatic sinking; Leslie Schuller and Randy Kerns in Jumbi Jammer received the most creative award; Jane Loomis and Nathon Steel in Taco Shell received the Bwanna Johnny Award; Sarah Hartman and Laura Wilson in Cornella Marie received the People's Choice Award and Elie Kidder in Kidder Transport won the Small Stacks Award.

"This was our 17th annual race and it is growing larger each year as the word gets around," said Perszyk. "The proceeds from the race goes to the world's only Cardboard Boat Museum."

The museum located 120 Front Street opened after the 2006 race. According to Perszyk, the museum is managed by Team Lemon and kept alive by volunteers, sponsors and donations.

"We have fund-raisers periodically, including a raffle boat, T-shirt sales and tours," said Perszyk.

Other events throughout the weekend included musical entertainment by the Cheap Thrill Band, Shane Daniels and Unbridled, the Freedom Band, Midnight Special Band and Dr. Dan and the Stray Dogs. The Loveland Prop Busters Radio Control Airplane Flying Club performed on Sunday and the UC National Championship Water Ski Team entertained festival goers with a demonstration.

There were fireworks on the river Saturday night which drew a large crowd and the New Richmond Fire and EMS Auxiliary Car Show was also a highlight.

Veterans were recognized during a special ceremony on Saturday.

RiverDays offered something for kids of every age with rides, a gambling tent and craft and food vendors.
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