‘Anything That Floats’ Boat Regatta Draws Crowd, Enthusiasm

Members of the Zalno's Team pose for their first place award with Trish Kavelak and Kellie Truman. (Aaron T. Evans)

CLEARFIELD – A new event at the Clearfield Riverfront Festival drew a large number of onlookers and enthusiasm for next year.

The Clearfield Revitalization Corporation held the ‘Anything That Floats’ Boat Regatta. Participants began at Upper Witmer Park and had to pilot their vessels to Lower Witmer Park. The catch: the boats had to be handmade and powered by people. Boats ranged in all manner of build. One craft was fashioned out of wood and an inflatable matress  while another was partially powered by a pedal bike.

Five teams took part in the event: Zalno’s, the USS Mullet Madness, the Red in the Neck Boys, the S&T Bank Riverbank Boat and Spanky’s HB.com. After the participants started the race and crossed under the Market Street Bridge, participants made a mad dash to Lower Witmer Park to view the finish. The first team to cross the line was the Zalno’s team, followed by the Red in the Neck Boys, then the S&T Bank Riverbank Boat, USS Mullet Madness, and finishing up the race was Spanky’s HB.com.

“The community support was overwhelming,” said Main Street Manager Kellie Truman. She added that they were happy people took the time to take part in the event.

Cleafield Chamber of Commerce Certifichecks were awarded to the first and second place winners, as well as the most creative team, which was the S&T Riverbank Boat.

Truman said plans are already in the works for next year’s boat race.

(Photos by Aaron T. Evans)

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