2008 Regatta Festival

Madison Regatta festival
brings traditional summer fun

Pageants, parade, fireworks,
races add spice to holiday

Staff Report

(June 27, 2008) – The 2008 Madison Regatta Festival has many returning events, including the annual parade down Main Street on Friday night, a Battle of the Bands contest and the popular Waterball Fight between local fire departments.
Beginning at noon Saturday, June 28, the Little Miss and Miss Pre-Teen Madison Regatta will be crowned at the Madison Consolidated High School Auditorium. At 6 p.m., the Miss Teen will be crowned.

Music on the River
Co-sponsored by Arvin Sango Inc.,
Big O Tire and Madison Music Center
at Fireman’s Park on the riverfront:

• Thursday, July 3: Radio 96.3 WJAA Battle of the Bands, 7-11 p.m.
• Friday, July 4: 95.3 WIKI, 1460 AM WJCP, and Eagle 99.3 present Young Country at 7:30 p.m. and Whiskey Kiss at 9:30 p.m.
• Saturday, July 5: WORX 96.7 FM and WXGO 1270 AM present “Audible Point” (1 p.m.); Assorted Flavors (3 p.m.); Battle of the Bands winner (5:30 p.m.); Jimmy Davis Band (7 p.m.); and Same Soul (after the fireworks).

• Note: For music events Wed.-Fri., a special $5 button sold at the gates or an admission wristband will be required for riverfront entry. Admission is free to the river for the fireworks show and music on Saturday night.

As of June 22, 11 young women had entered this year’s Miss Madison Regatta Scholarship Pageant, sponsored by Xi Beta Upsilon sorority. The event is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 30, at the Madison Consolidated High School Auditorium. Doors open at 7. Tickets are $6 at the door or in advance at River Valley Financial Bank, Steinhardt Heating and Air Conditioning, and at the Madison Regatta office.
Festival events continue on Tuesday, July 1, with the Indiana-Kentucky Electric Corp. Bed Race, set for 5:30 p.m. on Main Street in front of the Jefferson County Courthouse.
The Fillin’ Station Liquors Waterball Fight begins at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday on Vaughn Drive and Broadway Street. The WORX 96.7 FM Street Dance is also Wednesday from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Fireman’s Park.
This year’s “Radio 96.3 WJAA Battle of the Bands” contest is scheduled for Thursday, July 3, at the riverfront. Live music also will be on tap from 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday, and from 1 p.m.-11 p.m. Saturday.
The annual Madison Courier Firecracker 10K Run-Walk begins at 8 a.m. Saturday at the high school.
This year’s Saturday night fireworks show again has been generously sponsored by the American Legion Post 9.
The fireworks spectacular, held at the riverfront at 10 p.m., is free to the public. On other nights, a Regatta wristband or button will be required to access the riverfront.

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