June 25, 2018
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’Redneck Regatta’ to launch this year at Lincoln’s Homecoming Festival

By Nick Sambides Jr., BDN Staff

LINCOLN, Maine — With some cardboard, some duct tape and a little ingenuity, the 2014 Lincoln Homecoming Festival will host its first-ever “Redneck Regatta,” Will Labrie says.

Sponsored by the Lincoln Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce, the regatta will feature canoes, kayaks and any other kind of hopefully floating craft fashioned from those materials. Contestants will race a 150-foot course in Mattanawcook Lake on Saturday, the chamber’s executive director said Wednesday.

Labrie thought the regatta and festival were a perfect fit.

“It’s a fun family event, and cardboard, duct tape, and rednecks all kind of go together,” Labrie said.

The four-day festival starts Thursday and ends Sunday. Drawing as many as 13,000 people to Lincoln, Homecoming features a fireworks show, parade, live music, a golf tournament, a classic car show and several alumni reunions, said Amanda Woodard, Lincoln’s events coordinator and code enforcement officer.

The 67th Annual River Driver’s Supper at Ludden Field on Friday, the fireworks show at Cobb Field and the regatta on Saturday, and the one-mile, 5- and 10K walks and runs on Sunday are among its highlights. Lincoln businessman, resident and longtime River Driver’s Supper fixture Harley Sproul Sr. will be the parade’s grand marshal, Woodard said.

“Our events, most of them, are free or low-cost,” Woodard said. “It is a really good time to sit back, relax and enjoy what Lincoln has to offer.”

Labrie said he hoped the regatta would be a hit. Pre-registration concludes just before racetime at 3 p.m., Saturday. Producers from the reality television series “North Woods Law” on the Animal Planet channel said they would record the event for a segment of one of their shows, he said.

A full schedule of events is available at www.lincolnmaine.org.


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