Thousands of spectators surrounded the Russells Point harbor for the 18th annual Wacky Boat Race at Indian Lake on Saturday.
All of the bleachers installed for the event were packed and it was standing room only with the crowd stretching from the Sandy Beach Bridge to Taco Bell and over to Rite-Aid.
“For years the Elks Club had organized this race, but after they closed, the Indian Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and the village of Russells Point have run the event since, ” said event organizer Rosie O’Boyle.
The rules of the race are simple. All boats must be homemade, people-powered, and entered by noon of race day. And, from the looks of things, some the contestants were just putting the finishing touches on their boats right up to the last second before the start of the race.
The overall winner of the Wacky Race was a boat called “Ship Face,” built and navigated by Scott Jacobs of Lakeview and Mara Ledley of Lima. “This is our first time entering a boat in the Wacky Race,” said Jacobs. “Yeah, this has been really fun and it’s feels great to be the winner of the race,” added Ledley. “Ship Face” defeated a boat named “Oh•Hail” – built and navigated by Eric Hail – in the finals.
The “Most Creative” award was won by the “Avengers Boat,” built and navigated by Sherri Matthews, Christopher Matthews and Dillion Cornwely. The boat “Lakeside Loungers” built and navigated by Adam Romer and Jake Barna placed second for most creative.
The dubious and infamous “Sinker Award” was won by a boat named “Water Walker,” built and “sunk” by Mike Smoody.
Ron Brohm is a regular contributor to this newspaper.