Thursday the newly reconstituted Astoria Regatta Association will see just how far public support will go to keep the oldest festival in the Northwest from becoming a closed chapter in Oregon history. An organizational meeting will be held at Astoria City Hall where interested citizens will be asked to volunteer for various committee assignments necessary to operate what is traditionally a days-long event.
Former City Councilor Peter Roscoe has taken on the responsibility of serving as the Association President and he told KAST news recently that some of the activities usually associated with the Regatta should come easily. He said that there are people ready to organize the popular Grand Land Parade but there are a number of other elements involved like Regatta Square booths and entertainment, various sporting events that usually take place and signature events like the Flavel House rose planting in cooperation with the Portland Royal Rosarians and the Clatsop County Historical Society. Roscoe said there has been added interest in adding more events with an emphasis on the waterfront and the river. Roscoe recently appeared before the Astoria Port Commission asking for their support although it wasn't clear exactly what the Port's involvement might be, the commission did express it's support pointing to a long history of involvement with Regatta. Roscoe pointed out that the Columbia River Maritime Museum had already expressed a willingness to help.
Thursday evening much of the basic structure will be put in place but just how much will depend on the turn-out and the level of interest Astorians have in being involved. Roscoe has already indicated that it's unlikely the Astoria Regatta will be participating in other Northwest community festivals this year as the time committment involved in traveling with the court to participate in other parades is too big a bite to take.
The meeting is set for Astoria City Hall at 7:00pm on Thursday, February 7th.