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The Belle Vernon Rotary Club’s 2nd Annual ‘Regatta on the Yough’ held in August was one of the Club’s most successful fundraisers, with more than 500 people in attendance.  A Paddle Parade was held with the $100 best decorated prize going to 

Winners of the Belle Vernon Rotary Regatta on the Yough Paddle Parade were (left to right) 3rd Place winner Reese Gardner and Brook Gardner (Somerset Trust), 1st Place winner Nolace Petrosky, 2nd Place winner Neville Petrosky and Megan Milkent

Nolace Petrosky for a flamingo themed watercraft.  Neville Petrosky and Somerset Trust entries earned 2nd and 3rd, respectively for their entries, and received $25 gift certificates from the Trailside. The Collinsburg Water Rescue Team was on hand to provide safety and training demonstrations for the spectators.  

A 600 Lucky Duck Derby was held with winners receiving $600 in cash prizes.  Also new this year, was the Great Company Duck Race, where 30 local businesses sponsored and dressed up super sized rubber ducks for competition.  MarBill Diamonds and Jewelry won for “Best in Show” and the NAPA, Fayette Auto Parts duck won the race competition.  

A Kids Zone, designed for kids age 12 and under, was sponsored and directed by Jessica Mascara of childcare center LIVE, LAUGH, PLAY, LEARN of Rostraver.  This area provided games, crafts, bingo, a visit from Spider Man and other activities throughout the day. Sponsor Umbrella Arts offered face painting, marshmallow golf, games, dancing and more. All children’s activities were free of charge.

Food trucks Hog Father’s, Ice Cream Kids, and MeeMaw’s Popcorn were on hand, along with music by DJ Jerry Jericho, raffles and more.   Co-chairs Deb Keefer and Tom Yoder and the Regatta committee have expressed their appreciation for “overwhelming support” for this major fundraising effort. 

“In addition to all of the generous sponsors, we also want to thank the Westmoreland County Parks, the Pa. Fish and Game Commission, the Belle Vernon High School Interact Club and the Collinsburg Water Rescue Team for their partnership and assistance with the event,” said Keefer.  


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