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    Rock River Canoe Regatta set for July 4

    Rock River Canoe Regatta set for July 4
    By DEANN OWENS - Staff Reporter
    MAYVILLE - Athletes from near and far will be paddling their way through the Rock River on July 4 during the third annual Rock River Canoe Regatta.

    This year's competition includes three events that begin and end at the park pavilion: the duathlon at noon, a one mile paddle, two mile run, one mile paddle event; the 13 mile pro race at 1 p.m.; and the relay, a recreational event, at 3:30 or 4 p.m.

    According to Brad Taggett, race organizer and pro race participant, four of the top paddlers in North America will be featured in the pro race.

    "There are 20-25 teams involved in the pro race. There are some amateur teams that are going to race, but it's a pretty high-level competition," Taggett said. "There are two people to a canoe, and the boats are 25 pounds, carbon fiber covered, about four inches above the water. They are a very neat looking boat."

    Spectators can experience the race from different viewpoints.

    "It's an interesting sport to watch. The race course allows people to see more of the race. You can follow the length of the course if you like, or you could just lie in the grass at the pavilion," Taggett said. "Everyone likes someone to cheer for them."

    According to Taggett, the fee for the third event, the relay, is $10 per person, and people can sign up to participate on the fourth. Each team will consist of four people.

    "The du-athlon is open to anyone. I have eight or nine people registered now for it. I'm hoping to get more. It's a short race," Taggett said.

    In addition to the athletic events, a DJ providing music and announcements will be at the pavilion and concessions of soda, water, popcorn, hot dogs and ice cream will be available. Concession sales will benefit Chris Okon, a Mayville seventh-grader who received a spinal cord injury in an ATV accident.

    Sponsors of the regatta are APW Mayville, Agnesian HealthCare and Mayville Clinic, Brieman Dental Office, Mayville Insurance Agency, Mayville Savings Bank and Zurheide's Ice Cream who will be supplying ice cream to the competitors.

    Taggett said that the regatta will end in time for the baseball games and burger fry sponsored by the Mayville Fire Department in Fireman's Park.

    For more information, Taggett suggests using

    Beaver Dam Community Band to Perform First Concert

    The Beaver Dam Community Band will perform their Independence Day concert tomorrow night, July 3 at the Swan City Park Band Shell.

    The 7 p.m. concert, which is part of the City of Beaver Dam summer concert series will feature many of the tunes which have become part of the tradition of summer band concerts everywhere, and features many members of the Beaver Dam community.

    The Beaver Dam Community Band, in their third year after an absence of over 35 years, is again enjoying a successful year. The total numbers participating in the group was over 70 people, with each concert featuring approximately 45. The band enjoys a varied mix of performers, including adults both working and retired from a wide variety of fields and backgrounds. The band has adult members ranging from age 19 to 60 plus, and also includes a group of younger people still students in high school.

    The concert on Wednesday, directed by Jerry Anderson, features a wide array of music. Patriotic selections are mixed in with march selections from the most famous march composers, including "The National Emblem March," "Lassus Trombone" and "Stars and Stripes Forever." Also part of the concert are well known pieces such as music from "The Beatles," "Instant Concert," and "Red, White and Brass."

    Wednesday's concert is special for a few reasons. Sharing the stage with the band will be the Take Note, a singing group from Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre. They will be performing several selections during the concert, and it will make a terrific mix of music in the program.

    The Beaver Dam Community Band and Take Note will also take the opportunity to acknowledge all that some of the most important groups in the community have done. The final number of the evening will be "Battle Hymn Of The Republic," and representatives of the American Legion, VFW, and DAV will be asked to join the band on stage and be recognized for their service. Also honored will be members of the Beaver Dam Fire Department and Beaver Dam Police Department for their service to all citizens of Beaver Dam.


    On Wisconsin!!!!!!!!!! I miss the annual raft races on the 4th on the Rock River and the hilarous lagoon race as people try to get their manmade boats down the lagoon and back before it falls apart. I am so homesick! Anyone have a brat?
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