By Emily Harris
Once again, it’s the time of year when the Washington College community will journey to the waterfront to find out who will sink and who will swim. The 8th annual Waterfront Festival will take place in Wilmer Park on Sept. 20, featuring many events such as the popular cardboard boat regatta. The Center for Environment & Society (CES) hosts the event at the Chester River waterfront every year.
CES Program and Intern Coordinator Kathy Thornton is in charge of planning the event. “As in past years, we will have the cardboard boat regatta, pony rides provided by the Equestrian Club, the Michael Butler Band, food, ice cream, drinks, crafts, games, environmental displays, kayaking, and river cruises on the Callinectes,” said Thornton.
The cardboard boat regatta attracts a large crowd every year, but the event serves as more than entertainment. Dr. Julie Markin’s Vikings GRW class enters boats in the competition every year. “In the past, we have had several professor entries and it is always fun to see what the faculty, staff, and students come up with,” said Thornton. “It makes for a great class project.”
However, there are some new additions to the festival that returning students and families can enjoy. Thornton said, “This year, the College is also hosting the Central Qualifier for sailing, which means that festival-goers can watch the regatta and cheer on their favorite crew.”
The events sponsored by CES will end at 4 p.m. and the Waterfront Festival will be followed by Phi Delta Theta’s annual Crab Feast as it has been in past years. “We work closely with Director of Waterfront Activities Ben Armiger, the Phi Delta Theta Crab Feast, and the College Fall Family Weekend committee to ensure that everyone has a fantastic Fall Family Weekend on campus and down at the Waterfront,” said Thornton.
As an integral part of Fall Family Weekend, the festival will likely attract many people from the College and the community. “We always have a great turn out,” Thornton said. “So it is a great place to catch up with friends, families, faculty, and staff.” Whether students plan to take to the water in a sail boat or their own cardboard creation, the event has plenty to offer for the WC community and visiting families.