This year there were four “Wacky Events” at the annual popular HarborFest: the “Wacky Boat” race, the “Wacky Duck Slide” race and two new wacky events, the “Wacky Corn Hole” Tournament and the “Wacky Chair” race.
Huge crowds gathered around the Russells Point Harbor to watch the “Wacky Boat” race. It was smooth sailing for this Indian Lake “original” event and a smashing success. The many spectators surrounding the harbor cheered on their favorite wacky boats and it was a good time for all.
This year’s winners were the father/daughter team of Doug and Jessica Burley, sailing their homemade wacky boat, “Fantasy Island.” A boat named “V8 Powered” (Michelle Schaefer, Kim Kosser, Lisa Snow, Robin Butler) placed second and the “Soggy Bottom Boys” (DustinWeller, Will Gracely) finished third.
Competitors traveled from all over to race, including boaters from Columbus, Ohio and Charleston, South Carolina. Brenda Ward from Norwalk Ohio raced with her Co-Captain Eric Hall on their homemade wacky boat called “ The Lost Island of Indian Lake.”
The “Wacky Chair” race was won by Jacob Hardesty of Russells Point. Mayor Robin Reames, who competed in the race, put up a good fight but was eliminated in an earlier round of the event.
In the “Wacky Corn Hole tournament” with the team of Tim Sparks of West Milton and Mackenzie Perkins of Cincinnati taking first place. Finishing second was the team of Michele Perkins and Amanda Henderson.
The great “Wacky Duck Slide” race was a big hit with thousands a small rubber ducks being dumped out of the back of a concrete truck with water onto an artificial river about 100 yards long. All events were fundraisers organized by the Indian Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and CVB.
Ron Brohm is a regular contributor to this newspaper.