ATASCADERO — After a long and very dry period Atascadero Lake was brimming with activity last Saturday afternoon with the 2nd Annual LakeFest organized by the Friends of Atascadero Lake.
“This is all in aid of trying to make the lake a nicer place,” said board member John Trumbull.
There was something for everyone — paddleboard demonstrations, face painting, food trucks, a beer garden, live music, a silent auction and everyone’s favorite, cardboard boat races. All of the proceeds from the silent auction went to the Friends of the Atascadero lake which has been working hard to keep water in the lake and improve water quality.
“We’ve drilled a well and now have supplementary water and we’ve worked with the city to repair the pipeline coming in from Atascadero Creek,” Turnbull said. “The pipeline is what’s responsible for most of the water that’s in here now. And we’ve installed and aeration system. And that’s what’s going to help keep the water quality up and the algae down.”
Children and adults alike constructed vessels with cardboard and duct tape on the lawn while others came prepared with cardboard vessels made at home. The Atascadero Rotary, with the aid of three engineers on the team, had a cardboard boat that appeared to be seaworthy enough to cross a major body of water.
Not surprisingly, the Rotary came in first with Captain John Neil at the helm and crew members Rich Johnson and City Council member Charles Bourbeau. Coming in a very respectable second place was Ryan Allen and son Oscar on their “Team Solorponics” pirate ship.
And for the little landlubbers the train rides provided by the Atascadero Elks were a huge hit.
“It was built by Joe and Barbara Coulter,” said engineer/owner Don Collier. “They sold it to me for a buck and I told them I would carry on the tradition for as long as I could. These kids are a riot. You should hear them scream with excitement when we ride next to the lake, ‘ahhhh, we’re getting close to the water..ahhhh,’ it’s just too much fun.”
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