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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

“I had no idea there was so much to do out here,” she said. “I thought we come out and watch the race and go home, but the kids' area is so much, and the kids have been playing, so I think we might just stay for the night races now.”

Adam Nizgoda said the regatta has been his favorite Oklahoma City event for the past couple of years.

Nizgoda, 28, said he remembers growing up with the river being an eyesore.

“The development of this area is just incredible,” he said. “That used to be just a big mud hole, and now look at what we have. This is truly a big-time event.”

While he's never gotten around to learning how to row, Nizgoda said he loves the area around the river for the bike trails.

“My friends and I come out here and just ride for hours,” he said. “One day I think I'll get around to learning how to row. I think everyone in Oklahoma City might one day.”

by Adam Kemp
Enterprise Reporter
Adam Kemp is an enterprise reporter and videographer for the Oklahoman and 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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