Considering the heavy rains of the 2013 and 2014 Regattas, I was a little bit antsy about this year’s festivities. Another downpour, I feared, would lead to talk about doing away with the festival or the making of significant changes. And in my opinion, there are few weekends in this part of the country that can top Worthington’s Windsurfing Regatta and Music Festival — if the weather cooperates.
Well, I think it’s safe to say that the 2015 Regatta was a smashing success. Thank goodness! When I wrote the Daily Globe editorial for Thursday’s edition and took note of the promising weather forecast, I was also worried about setting a jinx of sorts on the revelry. Waking up to clouds and a light mist Saturday morning only added to the anxiety, but dry conditions ultimately prevailed and — even though our breezes could have and have been much stronger — all worked out weather-wise in the end.
This weekend marked the first time Becca’s parents came to Worthington for the Regatta, even though Bec has been a resident of this fair city for all 16 years the celebration has taken place. They enjoyed watching the windsurfers glide across Lake Okabena, and spent a good portion of time (and money!) savoring all kinds of flavorful, fat-filled food. Our menu late Saturday morning began with an appetizer of mini-donuts, and a funnel cake order soon followed. We each made our respective lunch choices, and a bit later on, Bec and I were not to be denied what we’d each been dreaming about since we learned of their availability — a deep-fried s’more for her, and deep-fried cookie dough for me. For both of us, it was temporary nirvana. (I should add that I took the dog for two longer-than-normal walks later, though I imagine they barely burned a fraction of the consumed calories.)
Grace and Zach enjoyed crafts and sand time, respectively, and as in practically every other year the Regatta brought unplanned get-togethers, conversation and fun. I also “did my time” in the Daily Globe tent as well as helping at the chair auction — during which I was blown away at how much money was raised for Nobles County Pheasants Forever — and hung around for a while with the family at night to relax while listening to a pretty decent cover rock band in Guilty Pleasures Orchestra. Many, many others, had the same idea of simply lounging along the lake on a pleasant Saturday night, and it made for an awesome atmosphere.
I should mention that Friday night, though I was working, was a memorable Regatta night, too. While only down at the lake for an abbreviated time, I was able to see my wife and daughter finish the UV ColorSplash walk/run, which was pretty cool considering it was the first time either of them had done anything like that both individually or together. They absolutely loved the experience — though Grace did bang up her a foot a bit, she was doing much better by Sunday — and I may find a way to join them in the merriment next year. There were a lot of families participating, in fact, which was great to see. (Zachary, however, did not want to take part, and instead opted to entertain his grandparents, dad and a couple of others with some comical dance moves while waiting at the finish.)
This year’s weekend festivities, while certainly plenty of fun, have already sparked an anticipation for next year. Is anyone already ready to Regatta again?