20th Annual Regatta at Lake Arthur

Presented by Anniversary Sponsor – Butler County Tourism & Convention Bureau 

If the beauty of Moraine State Park isn’t enough to draw you to its shores, then the 20th Annual Regatta at Lake Arthur, a two-day, fun-filled event held Aug. 4-5, surely will. This premier regional event attracts 15,000-20,000 visitors to enjoy the 3,225 acres of Lake Arthur and its more than 40 miles of scenic shoreline. This free, family festival offers land and lake activities as well as numerous new and exciting events and activities for all ages.  

New this year is the 5K Family Fun Run held Saturday at 8 a.m. Balloon twisters, music and Eat ‘n Park Smiley cookies will inspire the runners. Registration fee price breaks will be in effect for early-bird participants. The Education Tent presented by park partners like 3MJC, will give demonstrations about the nature and wildlife in Moraine State Park.  

SummersCool provides visitors with the opportunities to partner with local expert instructors who offer free demos of land and lake activities with mini-sessions during the Regatta weekend. Participants can try Yoga at Lake Arthur, Kayaking and Kayak Eco-Paddling. You can learn how to fish, stand-up paddleboard or sail a Catamaran or Flying Scot. You can also try your hand at fly-casting.  

The Bike Rodeo is making a comeback. Children can learn bicycle safety, navigate an obstacle course and enter a raffle to win a new bicycle. The DockDogs Canine Aquatics Competitions is back by popular demand. Any dog, whether it has competed before or not, is eligible to compete in the Big Air jump, long jump, or Speed Retrieve.  

A Children’s Area will delight the little ones. Barrel Train rides, corn hole and family games provided by K-LOVE Radio, and wooden boat-building crafts sponsored by Home Depot are only a few of the events for the kiddies.  

On both Saturday and Sunday from 1-4 p.m., a Car Cruise is held at the Point Picnic Area. The Regatta Marketplace features business, craft, merchandise and food vendors. Live at Lake Arthur showcases musical entertainment from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. on Sunday.  

Each day is capped with a special finale event. On Saturday night, Fireworks by Diehl Toyota will light up the sky beginning at dusk, and then on Sunday, the two days of fun at the lake concludes with the Oliver Outdoor Native Monarch Butterfly Release and Memorial Finale. More than 200 butterflies are released en masse. Guests may also purchase an individual butterfly and release it in honor or memory of a loved one. Like the visitors to the Regatta, the butterflies are reluctant to leave the park and tend to stick around for a while, settling on children’s hands and on the park’s vegetation. 

There is no admission charge and parking is free, and The Regatta is held rain or shine. For more information about the 20th Annual Regatta at the Lake, visit the event website at: lakearthurregatta.org. 

By Janice Lane Palko