After devoting eight years in community service to the city council, Astoria native Peter Roscoe has set his sights on a new challenge. Roscoe has taken on leadership of the Astoria Regatta and he says this is great opportunity to reform the oldest festival in the Northwest. In an interview with KAST news, Roscoe said there was a big turn-out for a special meeting at city hall Thursday night where the future of Regatta was discussed at length. He said the first order of business was to reverse a decision made by the previous regatta board to suspend the event for 2013. After that Roscoe was elected the new President of the association that runs the festival and Martin Bue was elected Vice President.
While there will be a Regatta celebration this year it may look a little different from past years. Roscoe says that committees will be formed at the next meeting February 7th and that the people on those commitees will be making the decisions about what their part of the event will look like and how the regatta will function. He says while tradition has it's place, no idea will be shelved just because it may be outside the norm for those who think of every part of the event as set in stone. One thing that will "just happen" according to Roscoe is the Grand Land Parade. He says that there is a strong group of people already experienced in organizing the parade down Astoria streets. He has no concerns about that but he says the very time consuming and expensive proposition of participating in the parades for festivals in other communities in the Northwest is unlikely to happen this year.
The exact shape of the new Astoria Regatta has yet to be determined and there are a lot of details still to discuss but the good news for many is that there will be a Regatta in 2013 and it is likely to be more focused on the waterfront. Roscoe told KAST News that the Columbia River Maritime Museum has agreed to be a partner and has offered the Regatta an opportunity to use the area surrounding the newly remodeled Astoria Train Depot in some fashion and Roscoe suggested that perhaps they might add a wooden boat show to the popular classic car show. He said that several people have already stepped forward to make the annual boat parade a more important event as part of the refocus.