Rain, rain go away ... We want to race!
Saturday, July 06, 2013 5:00 AM
As of this writing, we're still not sure what the schedule will be for this weekend's Madison Regatta racing.
A high Ohio River is threatening race plans. The river is expected to crest Sunday afternoon, and that could make it difficult to lower the boats into the water and also could create a lot of debris in the river.
We know that race officials will take the necessary steps to make the racing as safe as possible for the drivers, workers and spectators.
Weather problems aside, the excitement is building and volunteers are busy working to give visitors a great weekend of hydroplane racing, culminating with the Indiana Governor's Cup being presented.
Regatta Festival events this week - from pageants to waterball fights - have been great - despite rude weather interruptions.
Extreme heat has plagued the Regatta the last few years. This year should be cooler with highs in the mid-80s expected.
That also is good news for the 300-plus runners and walkers who will participate in this morning's Madison Courier Firecracker 10K Run/Walk.
The always popular fireworks display will be held tonight shortly after dark. Admission is free for the show on the riverfront.
Many people have put in hundreds of hours to make the Regatta one of the premier summer events in Indiana.
Show your support for the Regatta and the city by enjoying the weekend whether or not there is racing.