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Clarksville’s Riverfest Regatta brings excitement to Festival

Clarksville's Riverfest CelebrationClarksville, TN – Truly one of the most unique, fun, events at Clarksville’s Riverfest is the Regatta boat race. Unlike other boat races, participants in the Regatta compete in boats made from cardboard, plastic bottles and other approved materials.

The race kicked off at 10:00am at the McGregor boat dock. Competitors raced 100 yards on the Cumberland River to the finish line.

Clarksville's Riverfest Regatta took place today on the Cumberland River.
Clarksville’s Riverfest Regatta took place today on the Cumberland River.

Expect the unexpected with the Regatta. Boats sink, paddles break and some boats go off on a course all of their own. All to the enjoyment of those in attendance along the bank of the Cumberland River.

There are five divisions: Adult Open, Youth with Adult, Business & Industry, Church/Civic Organization, and City/County. Each heat is timed and the boat with the fastest time in each division is declared the winner. Boats are also judged prior to the race for a variety of awards

This year, the Ship Shape Award (most creative boat design) went to Chrono-Nautilus. Go Green won the Cardboard Queen Award (prettiest boat in the regatta. Team Unity Award (most spirited and organized team) was award to Law Commander. Keep Calm won the Team Attire Award (most creative costumes). The Titanic Award for the most spectacular sinking went to Shark Bait.

If you did not make it down this year, make sure to mark it on your to do list for next year’s Riverfest. Also, start making plans to build your own cardboard boat for entry into next year’s event.

2015 Riverfest Regatta Groupings

Heat 1 – City/County Government
Boat Name Captain Organization Boat # Race Time Place
Shark Bite Kenneth Gentry Montgomery County Facilites & Maint. 12 1:10 1
Go Green Howard Cunningham Montgomery County 13 1:20 2
Leave it To Beaver Tyler Barrett Clarksville Police 14 1:40 3


Heat 2 – Adult/Youth/Bottle
Boat Name Captain Organization Boat # Race Time Place
CHS Junior Civitan Preston Albertia CHS Junior Civitan 3 3:07 1
Bottled Beauty Nicholas Thorington TN Frame Co. 2 3:38 2
Boats-N-SWOs Stepanie Hoye Detachment 4 Booster 1 4:13 3
Chrono-Nautilus Andy-Lee Fry 4 Sank


Heat 3 – Business/Industry
Boat Name Captain Organization Boat # Race Time Place
KW-N-Motion Rhett Barnes Keller Williams Realty 6 1:43 1
America Patrick Johnson Fort Campbell Federal Credit Union 5 2:33 2
Law Commander Robert Wilson Kennedy Law Firm 7 3:07 3


Heat 4 – Civic/Church
Boat Name Captain Organization Boat # Race Time Place
Leave It To Beaver Tyler Barrett Clarksville Police Union 8 1:44 1
Keep Calm Gary Murphy One Church TV 11 2:08 2
IMUA James Livesay Hui Hawaii O Tenesi HCC 10 2:09 3
Shark Bait Sidney Harrison, Sr. One Church Men’s 9 Sank


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About Riverfest

Riverfest is Clarksville’s longest running community Festival. Now in its 28th year, Riverfest brings over 30,000 people to the banks of the Cumberland River in an arts and recreation celebration. This year the Festival will be held September 10th-12th, 2015. Music, art, family events, and more will fill McGregor Park.

Admission and entertainment at the Festival are free and open to the public. Riverfest is proud to announce the 2015 headliner Charles Esten, star of the hit ABC series “Nashville”. More announcements will be made soon, as new events and entertainment are finalized.

To stay up to date on the latest Festival happenings visit the Festival website, www.clarksvilleriverfest.com and sign up for the Festival newsletter. The Festival is brought to you by the City of Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department.

For questions please call 931.645.7476 or visit www.clarksvilleriverfest.com


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