The day after last year's troubled Regatta we wrote in an editorial: "They gave it their best shot. The folks running the Madison Regatta need to know that despite the cancellation of this year's race because of extreme weather conditions, we appreciate their efforts and look forward to next year's race."

Well, the Regatta were looking down on Madison this weekend, because we don't remember a better weekend for racing and the other festivities.

Except for a disappointing end to the race - the Oberto/Miss Madison finished fourth in the championship heat after being penalized for jumping the gun - it was a great weekend.

Save for a few sprinkles Sunday morning, the weather was perfect. Saturday night's clear sky made the fireworks show even more spectacular than usual.

The wind did pick up a bit Sunday afternoon, making the Ohio River a bit challenging for the drivers, but they handled the challenge and gave us some exciting racing.

Saturday's Courier 10K Run/Walk was a success with nearly 500 participants. We're glad to report that one runner who suffered from dehydration is OK.

Oberto/Miss Madison's new driver Jimmy Shane now understands how important the Regatta is to our community. He was welcomed by the cheers of the hundreds of people who lined Main Street for the Regatta parade Friday night. And he was enthusiastically recognized when he took to the water to pilot the new-look Oberto/Miss Madison, whose new paint job looked impressive as it glided over the water.

After last year's disappointment, we couldn't be more pleased for everyone who worked so hard to put on a great show.

There's only one thing we would change ... but that's why they call it racing.