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Oklahoma Regatta Festival provides fun on, off the water

Thousands watch rowers compete Saturday at the Oklahoma Regatta Festival on the Oklahoma River in Oklahoma City but ended up staying for the fun along the riverbank.
by Adam Kemp Modified: October 5, 2013 at 9:44 pm •  Published: October 6, 2013
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Sitting in the shadow of the Chesapeake Finish Line Tower, Kristy Jacobs had the perfect view of a victory.

Jacob's son, Chris, was in an eight-man boat Saturday morning that was tearing up the Oklahoma River, while mom was on the shore shouting encouragement.

“This is his first race so I got to be loud,” she said. “I'm just proud of him for taking up a new sport and excelling at it. This is just such a fun atmosphere.”

Jacobs wasn't the only one cheering along the river as thousands turned up to watch friends and family compete in the Oklahoma Regatta Festival.

A cool breeze whipped the flags along the river's edge as rowers from across the country lifted their boats above their heads to carry them to the water.

Men's and women's crew teams from colleges competed in timed 4,000 meter races while other amateur rowers competed in solo and two-person competitions.

Jenny Holcomb, 34, watched her husband compete early Saturday, and she spent the rest of the day with her two young daughters playing in the children's area and walking through all the booths that vendors set up to sell food, clothing and other merchandise.

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by Adam Kemp
Enterprise Reporter
Adam Kemp is an enterprise reporter and videographer for the Oklahoman and Newsok.com. Kemp grew up in Oklahoma City before attending Oklahoma State University. Kemp has interned for the Oklahoman, the Oklahoma Gazette and covered Oklahoma State...
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