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Oakmont's riverside will be hopping with Funfest Weekend Regatta

| Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 8:32 p.m.
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On The Ridge band members include, from left, Gary Russak, bass guitar, Paul Leo, drums, lead vocalist Marcie Covey, Jim Yeomans Jr., lead guitar, and Rob Coutch, keyboard, sax and flute
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Marcie Covey of the 'On the Ridge' country band
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For more than 100 years, the Oakmont Yacht Club has offered a regatta to those in Oakmont and the surrounding areas.
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Participants engage in a beach volleyball match during the annual Oakmont Regatta.

For Oakmont Yacht Club Commodore Molly Frank, the choice to go to one of its signature summer events is an easy one to make. “I always say, ‘you got to regatta!'”

The yacht club has offered that opportunity to those in Oakmont and the surrounding areas for more than 100 years with its riverside celebration, which takes place July 27.

The Funfest Weekend begins July 26 with a reservations-only sit down dinner and entertainment.

On July 27, festivities are open to all and begin bright and early at 8 a.m. The regatta's events last until about 11:30 p.m. after fireworks and musical entertainment. This year, all the events are on land.

Food is available throughout the day, beginning with breakfast inside the club from 8 to 11 a.m. Outside food booths will serve up goodies from noon to 8 p.m. Dinner again, at the yacht club, will be from 4 to 7 p.m. It will be a chance to have a meal outside on the club's new deck.

According to Frank, this year offers a change of pace from previous regattas, thanks to the new leadership of event chairman Len Kushman.

Sometimes, she notes, change is good. The regatta takes place only Saturday this year, and its timing coincides with the borough's annual street sales.

“It will be really nice. I'm excited,” she says.

“We just decided to do something different. This is probably our most laid-back year, in that we're trying something new, making it a nice afternoon of just relaxing.”

Those opportunities to kick back and relax offer entertainment for those of all ages.

A kids' fishing contest starts off the day at 8 a.m. Once it ends at 10 a.m., the kids can move on to the kids' booth and face painting, which runs until 2 p.m.

DJ Bubba will be at the event from 1 to 4 p.m. The evening's events include a boater scavenger hunt, a performance by country band On the Ridge from 7 to 11:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. fireworks.

“I hope people come down for the band,” Frank says. “They're an excellent band. We've had them before.”

A Chinese auction will go until 8 p.m. featuring 32 items. “The gifts are just fabulous,” Frank says.

She hopes that the combination of the regatta and Oakmont's street sale will be a big draw for the borough.

For Summer Tissue, director of the Oakmont Chamber of Commerce, the two events can offer a chance for a great day out in Oakmont, where one can stop at the street sales first, then enjoy the rest of the day at the regatta.

“We're excited that the Oakmont Yacht Club is hosting the regatta and we're hopeful — because they do a wonderful fireworks display — that the weather cooperates,” she says.

“I definitely encourage everyone to stop down to the regatta, because there's tons of entertainment. It's a lot of fun.”

Julie Martin is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.

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