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Cardboard boats take to the water at Atascadero Lake during Saturday’s fourth Annual Lakefest. (Photos by Camas Frank)

Annual Lakefest draws plenty of cardboard boaters

ATASCADERO —The City of Atascadero held its fourth Annual Lakefest event at the Atascadero Lake Park on May 18, a fundraiser for the non-profit Friends of the Atascadero Lake.

While the event ran from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., most participants centered their attention on the two Cardboard Boat Race events and the regatta held in the lake which otherwise does not permit swimming.

A few guests took up the offer for a two-for-one discount entry to the adjoining Charles Paddock Zoo as well as a Wine & Beer Garden, but the turnout was lower than previous years as drizzle made the forecast.

That didn’t slow down kiddos entering the afternoon race with (nearly) unlimited cardboard and duct-tape to build with through the morning onsite.

The 1 p.m. regatta featured more colorful designs which participants had weeks to assemble and test.

Solarponics’ sun craft came in first with a crew of six while a cosplaying Popeye the sailor-man paddled his tug in second and a sturdy, USS America came in third. Closely trailing runners up included a bevy of unique designs.

The winner of the 2 p.m. race for onsite builders had a minor secondary victory in getting the announcer to proudly proclaim the name of her craft, the S.S. Bubblemuffin. The master of that vessel kept the scooped bow of the craft above water with determination, and some difficulty in using half of a kayak paddle requisitioned from sponsor the Paddle Board Co.

Lake levels were slightly lower than when the City turned off fill pumps for the rainy season and it was declared full in February, but ongoing precipitation has kept the reservoir high.

For future events at the lake or related activities, look up www.friendsofatascaderolake.com.

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Cardboard boats take to the water at Atascadero Lake during Saturday’s fourth Annual Lakefest. (Photos by Camas Frank)


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