CELINA — For 14 years, Grand Lake has boosted the local economy as the venue for the popular Governor’s Cup Regatta. This year, regatta organizers plan to share the love with a “Save the Lake” Musicfest.
The one-time only event will be held on the weekend slated for the regatta, which was canceled because of poor water conditions on the lake. Proceeds from this new event will go toward saving the lake.
“We had the option to move the regatta to another location, but opted not to do that because it’s always been an event in Celina. Our community supports the event, and it means great business to Celina on that weekend,” said Allen Baskett, co-chair of the regatta committee.
But, when the blue-green algae blooms began creating harmful toxins and a nasty odor, the event had to be canceled, forcing regatta organizers to move to Plan B.
“We had worked all year for the boat race. We had the weekend scheduled, the band set up. We still wanted something to do locally at that time, so we shifted from racing to music. We did it rather quickly really. We were surprised at how many bands wanted to participate, and they’re all doing it for free,” Baskett said.
Likewise, some of the regatta racers will be on hand, along with their boats, to meet and greet people.
“They’re coming here because the city of Celina has a reputation of always being very welcoming to them, and they want to support us during this time. Like the bands and everyone helping, they all want to be a part of something positive here,” Baskett said.
Although admission and entertainment are free, proceeds from the sale of food and beer will go to the Grand Lake Restoration Initiative, a nonprofit group raising money to find cures for the lake.
What: Save the Lake Musicfest
When: 1 to 11 p.m. Saturday aug. 28
Where: Lakeshore Park, Celina
1 p.m.: The Niche
4 p.m.: Mo Blues
7 p.m.: Bob & Ed
8 p.m.: Country Mile