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Lake Arthur Regatta festival draws crowds this Memorial Day weekend

LAKE ARTHUR, LA (KPLC) -

The Lake Arthur Regatta festival began bright and early Saturday morning with the first ever regatta triathlon.

 Participants were cheered on by family and friends as they swam 370 yards, biked 12 miles, then ran 2.5 miles around Lake Arthur before crossing the finish line

"It feels pretty good.  I was fairly surprised to end up coming in first" said Baton Rouge resident and triathlon participant Nicole Pennington.  "It was a great race, it was definitely a good beginner race" she added. 

Not to be out shined by the physically fit, five high school-aged contestants on the Regatta main stage were greeted by little Miss royalty from across the state as they participated in this years pageant, each vying to be crowned the 2nd Miss Regatta.

"This is my first title!" said newly crowned Miss Regatta Emily Ogea.  "I'm just beyond excited and I'm ready to start representing Lake Arthur." 

In true Regatta fashion, sail boats hit the lake from the boardwalk offering great views and healthy competition for those watching from the waterfront, even the Ogea.

"All of the beautiful boats on the water" said Ogea.  "It's a little hot but it's summertime and everyone is just out here having fun and there's amazing music so I'm excited about that too" she said. 

Festival coordinator, Troy Trahan says music may be the one thing- aside from others- that makes the festival one not to miss.

"[We have] fantastic regional and national entertainment" said Trahan.  "It's one of the only festivals that's based on the water with the boats, we have the beach, we have great food vendors ready to serve you if you're hungry and we're inviting everyone to come out." 

Lake Arthur residents agree saying the music, the bands and the fellowship keep bringing them back. 

For those who may still be wondering what exactly a Regatta is, Trahan gives this simple definition:

"Regatta is a boat race!"

The festival continues through Sunday night on the Lake Arthur waterfront.

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