SteamFest Reggata pays tribute to Aquatic Days

The SteamFest Regatta recreates Aquatic Days and is a fundraiser to restore war canoes

A STEAMFEST Ogopogo Regatta his Okanagan Lake on Aug. 8 to pay tribute to the Aquatic Days of the 1900s. There will be a variety of races organized by Hoodoo Adventures.

A STEAMFEST Ogopogo Regatta his Okanagan Lake on Aug. 8 to pay tribute to the Aquatic Days of the 1900s. There will be a variety of races organized by Hoodoo Adventures.

The SteamFest Ogopogo Regatta on Aug. 8 will be paying homage to the Aquatic Days of the 1900s.

Hoodoo Adventures is organizing the event that will consist of an antique boat show as well as kayak, canoe, outrigger and dragonboat races. There will also be a bathing suit competition, decorated boat competition and tub racing.

Lyndie Hill of Hoodoo Adventures said the event is is a fundraiser to restore Penticton war canoes.

“It’s very casual. A fun day for people to come down and experience it,” said Hill, adding they plan to make it an annual event.

Hill said the Penticton Museum and Archives wanted to recreate the Aquatic Days, the biggest event of the summer. Combining it with Peach Fest would make it fun, said Hill.

“We can get more of the visitors, more people off the beach involved,” she said.

People have already signed up and can  also sign up the day of. Teams will be put together and there will also be kids kayak races. Registration can be completed at www.steamfest.ca or going to the beach. Registration includes food and a t-shirt. Organizers will be located at Lakawana Park at the end of Power Street.

“Lots of people are really excited about it,” said Hill.