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2012 River Regatta Events - Sunday, 21Oct12
Posted on Oct 3rd, 2012

11:30-12:30 p.m.
Registration FOR Community Center  Signature cards $10 each

11:30-2:30 p.m.
Event takes place on the river
1:00-3:00 p.m.
Turn in signature cards for best playing hand, Dido's Restaurant, 2922 CR 519
The first event is the “Paddle or Power” competition. Entries in the power category include all power watercraft from bowriders to bass boats, ski boats to jet skis. Entries in the paddling category include human-powered crafts from canoes to kayaks, stand-up paddle boards to pedal boats. Vessels of all pedigrees and proportions will be traveling the river that day. Power boaters travel downriver, paddlers paddle upriver (three mile round trip) from the FOR Community Center.
There’s no finish line, as it is not a race, but rather a fun time to gather signatures (signature cards $10 each) from host docks located on the San Bernard River.  A Checkpoint Map of locations will be provided at registration at the FOR Community Center. The signatures collected are turned in later for a playing card hand at Dido’s Restaurant. Trophies and gift certificates are awarded for the best hand. Rules
1:00 p.m. 
Start of race half mile downriver from Dido’s Restaurant
2:00 p.m. 
Race finish in front of Dido's Restaurant, 2922 CR 519
Next event is the first ever, wacky, quacky Lil’ Duck Race on the San Bernard River. One thousand numbered bathtub ducks will be herded upriver (helped by the wind) by a quack pack of duck wranglers to the finish line at Dido’s Restaurant, arriving around 2:00 p.m. The first four ducks to cross the finish line win a fabulous prize for the lucky person who purchased a $20 duck raffle ticket with that duck’s number. SORRY, TICKETS SOLD OUT.
First prize is a deluxe custom golf cart, second prize is a $1,000 Carnival Cruise travel voucher, third prize is a 42” HD TV and fourth prize is a Kindle eBook-eReader. 
You need not be present to win but it's more fun if you are!
12:30 p.m.
Deliver ready-to-serve entries to Dido’s  Restaurant, 2922 CR 519 on the river

12:45 p.m.
Judging, entry fee $20
1:00-3:00 pm
Gumbo cookoff & craft beer sampling
If you think you fix the best gumbo on the river (or elsewhere)––here’s your chance to prove it. You’re invited to enter the creative competition among cooks in serving up your version of spicy-rich gumbo in the River Regatta Gumbo Cook-off. The entry fee is $20 per pot of at least two to five gallons of gumbo (cooked rice will be provided). Enter one of these categories – seafood, non-seafood and vegetarian versions. Bring ready-to-serve to Dido’s on the river by 12:30 p.m. on event day, Sunday, 21Oct12. Judging starts at 12:45 p.m. Register now to compete! ENTRY FORM. The winner of each category will be awarded a Gumbo Cook-off chef duck trophy.
Regatta-goers can sample the different versions of gumbo along with craft beers while listening to live Cajun music. Tickets are $10.
3:00 p.m.
Live Auction, Dido's Restaurant, 2922 CR 519
4:00 p.m. 
All winners announced
Last of the Regatta events is a live auction starting at 3:00 p.m. Two of the more popular items to be auctioned off are the river-style progressive dinners––a four course meal for six people, who are transported by water taxi to homes located on the San Bernard, enjoying a different course at a different home. View auction list.
The fundraiser monies go to fund FOR’s programs – the FOR Ranger watershed program for fifth graders, FOR scholarships for high school seniors, annual river clean ups, Adopt-a-Highway trash pick-ups, conservation easements, boat parades and all the other wonderful things FOR does for the San Bernard River watershed. 
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