Seaside beach volleyball. August 2016.
Astoria Regatta. August 2016.
Astoria-Megler Bridge 50th Anniversary rededication August 2016
Editorial: Signature events showcase coast
–The Daily Astorian Aug. 15, 2016/ Editorial
From sailing and parades to concerts and clowns, this past weekend was filled with crowd-pleasing events. Add in a bridge rededication and the world’s largest beach volleyball event, according to organizers, and it made for a signature showcase of the North Coast.
Organizers and sponsors of the 122nd Astoria Regatta festival, the Astoria Bridge rededication and the 35th annual Seaside Chamber Beach Volleyball event, and all the volunteers who helped at each, deserve a hearty congratulations and a job well done from us all.
Regatta had something for everyone, and was even more inclusive with Warrenton’s participation for the first time with festivities there as well as those in Astoria. The well-attended events included sailboat races, the coronation of Aubrey McMahan as Regatta queen, the annual Grand Land Parade, the Highwater Boat Parade, the planting of roses at Lighthouse Park and a free country music concert in Warrenton, a free concert in Astoria by the Columbia River Symphony, fireworks and, of course, clowns and all their hijinks.
The weekend also marked the 50th anniversary and a rededication of the Astoria Bridge with officials from both sides of the river participating along with dignitary guests from Astoria’s sister city of Walldorf, Germany.
In Seaside, at the chamber’s four-day beach volleyball tournament, more than 3,000 players on about 1,450 teams battled for championships in a host of different divisions. They were cheered on by large crowds of family members, friends and other spectators. The event has been recognized since 2011 by the World Records Academy as the country’s largest amateur beach volleyball tournament.
Each of the trio of events was well-run and well-supported as evidenced by the smiles from those who attended, and each of the events was successful and showcased the spirit and volunteerism of the coast at its best.
And, too, Buoy 10 opened!
Q: Where is Buoy 10, you ask?
A: Most salmon fishing early in the season will be near the Buoy 10 at low incoming tide, following a rip upriver as the tide comes in. Later in the tide /& or season the fish seem to congregate near Astoria.ridge. The prime area is buoy 10, as all the fish have to come past this to get upriver on the incoming tide.
Photo of the Columbia River in August 2016 courtesy of http://www.FB.com/Maritime Museum.
What’s up next, you ask?
Enjoy seven days of kite-flying, beach-playing, festival-vending fun! World-renowned kite flyers converge on the Long Beach Peninsula annually during the Washington State International Kite Festival, a vivid celebration of summer that paints the sky. August 15-21, 2016