The Edmond Sun

June 30, 2014

LibertyFest regatta inspires family fun

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
Special to The Sun

EDMOND — Creative carboard boats with a variety of sleek designs duked it out during the 5th Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta in the public swimming area at Arcadia Lake’s Edmond Park, located off Second Street.

They capped off the hilarity with a demolition derby, a free-for-all when participants used buckets and squirt guns — whatever they could find to try and sink the other guy.

Awards were handed out in a variety of categories:

• Adult 1-2 person: 1st Mike Thompson in “Swift”; 2nd James Jobe and Levi Memphis in “Fang Leone”; 3rd Matt Short and Riley Choquette in “Javelin”;

•Youth: 1st “The Bandits”; 2nd “Crocness VI”; 3rd “Liberty”;

• Corporate: HiTech Assets in “Red October”;

• Most Patriotic: “Liberty”;

• Team Spirit: “Crocness”;

• Best Engineered: “Swift”;

• Titanic: “The Bolt”; and

• Most Creative: “Red October.”

LibertyFest events continue this week with the parade, which begins at 9 a.m. on July 4 in downtown Edmond.

The grand finale of the festival is the fireworks display, which begins at 10 p.m. on the University of Central Oklahoma campus. Organizers say it’s the largest fireworks display in the metro area. It has been featured as being among the 10 Ten in the nation by CNN and USA Today. Watch the fireworks and listen on KCSC radio FM 90.1 The fireworks are synchronized to the music on the radio.

For more information about LibertyFest, visit | 341-2121, ext. 108