Minimal regatta is this weekend, Free fireworks show Friday

OKEECHOBEE — The Adam Bryant Minimal Regatta, Okeechobee’s own homemade boat race, will be held Oct. 3 at the Scott Driver boat ramps at the mouth of the Kissimmee River.  Contestants must build their own boats from the materials provided: one sheet of plywood, three 2” x 4” boards, 1 pound of screws and a roll of duct tape.

The regatta honors the memory of Adam Bryant, who was paralyzed in an accident while on a camping trip and died a few years later, explained organizer J.D. Mixon of the Okeechobee Kiwanis Club. It was Adam’s dream to be a firefighter/EMT.

Money raised from the boat sponsorships will go towards sending a young person to Firefighter/EMT School, college scholarships, and other charitable activities of For Okeechobee, Inc., including proposed construction of a special needs playground.

The regatta theme in 2014 was "things that begin with A," thus, Aircraft Carrier.

The regatta theme in 2014 was “things that begin with A,” thus, Aircraft Carrier.

Mandatory boat check-in will be on Friday, Oct. 2, from 4 to 7 p.m. at C. Scott Driver Park, 10100 West State Road 78. Dinner and entertainment will begin at 7 p.m.

The dinner is open to the public. Dinner tickets may be purchased for $7 at the event or $5 in advance. The Captain’s Dinner will conclude with a fireworks show at 8 p.m.

On Saturday, Oct. 3, races will be held at C. Scott Driver Park starting at 9 a.m. sharp. There is no charge to come and watch the races. A big part of the fun is trying to figure out which of the homemade boats will sink — and some always do.

Food and drinks on Saturday will be served at a “Minimal” cost. Race spectators are encouraged to bring their own chairs.

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