Big Worthington Weekend

It’s here; the Worthington weekend I look forward to all year.

Sure, King Turkey Day makes for great times in this fair city, but to me the Windsurfing Regatta and Unvarnished Music Festival is the premier Worthington festival. Yes, KTD has a storied tradition complete with a number of famous visitors through the years, and there’s always a fantastic parade and much more. But – and I’m not dissing Turkey Day at all – the Regatta has my edge.

Why? It’s the shoreline.

On a nice, sunny, warm June day with a gentle breeze, it’s tough to top hanging out along Sailboard Beach on Regatta weekend. People of all ages can enjoy the activities, with youths sure to getting a kick out of the arts and crafts activities that start in the late morning Saturday and continue through the afternoon. There are always plenty of artists showing off their goods, too … not to mention plenty of fine food vendors to visit and the beer tent. Most of the time, there’s a great vibe coming from the main stage, on which an eclectic mix of entertainers perform Friday night along with Saturday and Sunday. The windsurfing, too, can be cool to watch, and windsurfing lessons are always offered for those folks so inclined. Needless to say, people who simply want to come down the shoreline and "people watch" will always have a field day, too.

Problem is: this weekend may not be sunny, nor warm. I’m keeping my fingers crossed, as of course are many others connected with the significant planning that goes into the Regatta. But the forecast, as I write this, seems a bit more promising than it did a few hours earlier. The prediction earlier for Saturday had been for, simply, showers. I now see a 50 percent of rain.

Here’s hoping. After all, the Regatta only comes around once a year, and while the music can always be moved to an indoor site (though Memorial Auditorium cannot be used this year, due to construction), the festival atmosphere is nowhere near the same without the sun and the lake.

Look for the Daily Globe to have plenty of coverage of the event, rain or shine. Kari Lucin will be live-blogging on Saturday from the Globe tent on Sailboard Beach, and we’ll also be posting plenty of video from the goings-on throughout the weekend. In Monday’s print editon, we’ll have a full page of photos (not to mention stories); photo galleries will also be available online.

Here’s a link to Regatta’s website that features lots of scheduling info and more. Come one, come all!