Porterville – The 23rd Annual Moraine State Park Regatta returns August 5-7 to the south shore of Lake Arthur (225 Pleasant Valley Road, Portersville, PA). The celebrations span most of the coastline and include both land and water activities. The regatta lasts Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The event has grown in popularity in recent years and in 2021 saw a record over 28,000 participants. Participation in the event, including parking, is free of charge.
“This event is an ideal event for a family looking for free or low-cost outdoor activities. This event should not be missed. Whether you come alone or meet up with a group, you’ll find something to do and maybe even a new way to enjoy the park,” said Amanda Becker, the events director. “All fun activities are free and there will be a wide range of great food and community vendors on site.”
The free recreational activities on land and water are designed to introduce visitors of all ages to new sports and hobbies while presenting the park. Several local partner organizations offer dozens of free excursions and classes in a variety of sports, including sailing, kayaking, stand-up paddling, archery, yoga and more. Registrations are onsite and a waiver is required to attend.
The 2022 regatta will also feature the second annual Moraine Regatta 5k presented by Thoroughbred Construction. Participants of all ages can run or walk the Sunken Garden Trail along Lake Arthur, with awards for the top male and female finishers in each age category. A portion of the proceeds from the race benefit the Moraine Preservation Fund’s efforts to preserve and improve the park.
Entertainment throughout the weekend will highlight various local artists and organizations. The main stage will host Live at Lake Arthur presented by the Butler County Tourism and Convention Bureau and feature musical performances throughout the weekend. A fireworks finale by Peak Pyro by Kellner’s Fireworks will round out the celebrations around 9:00 p.m. on Saturday. And on Sunday afternoon, the Oliver Outdoor Native Butterfly Release returns to the regatta. Attendees can purchase a monarch butterfly as a tribute to a loved one and release it during the event, culminating in the mass release of hundreds of butterflies throughout the event area.
The regatta will feature a variety of activities for children and families including: free building kits featuring Home Depot and Lowes, garden games and nature education from local organizations. Children can fish on-site for free using the rods and bait provided as the event has received special permission from the PA Fish and Boat Commission so no license is required.
The full event schedule is available online at www.morainestateparkregatta.org/schedule.
The 2022 Regatta also includes these features and activities:
The marketplace of providers: Over 60 local food, craft and business vendors will be selling products and promoting their services throughout the weekend.
car cruise: On Saturday and Sunday there will be a car tour at the regatta from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Regatta participants can admire vintage, classic and individually designed vehicles from all eras. Entry is free and the first 50 car owners will receive a customized Moraine State Park Regatta Dash Plaque each day.
Campfire and Campfire Cooking: Small smoke-free campfires with firewood will be set up near the stage throughout the event on Friday evenings from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Participants are encouraged to learn about building campfires or campfire cooking. The Grist Mill Baker will be on site throughout the weekend for campfire cooking demonstrations.
Paddle Sports Race: The American Cancer Society and SurfSUP Adventures team up for the Pittsburgh Paddlesport Race, its second year at the Moraine State Park Regatta. Paddleboarders can register with SurfSUP Adventures and kayakers can register with the American Cancer Society. The race starts at 11 am on Saturday morning.
About the regatta: The purpose of the Moraine State Park Regatta is to promote Moraine State Park, encourage community development, and introduce community members to local outdoor recreation. Located on the south shore of Lake Arthur and formerly known as the Lake Arthur Regatta, the 2022 event is free from August 5-7. For more information, visit www.morainestateparkregatta.org or follow @morainestateparkregatta on social media.