Frogs fill French River in annual regatta
By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Thompson - posted Mon., Aug. 5, 2013
The second annual French River Frog Regatta was held in North Grosvenordale on Saturday, Aug. 3. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council 2087 and St. Joseph's School, the event featured music, food, games and the opportunity for kids to climb in and on a variety of emergency vehicles from the Community Fire Department.
The highlight of the day was the regatta, when more than 1,000 plastic frogs were dumped into the French River for a race to the finish line. Deputy Grand Knight Dick Birch made the ceremonial launch at the footbridge near the Thompson Community Library.
John King, Joel and Nathan Phelps waited downstream to collect the first seven frogs to pass through the funnel of a buoy system. The “owners” of those frogs won cash prizes ranging from $700 to $50.
A crowd gathered along the banks of the French River in Riverside Park to wait for the results. Children craned their necks to watch the three men pluck the winning frogs from the river. Chants of “Go, froggy, go!” could be hear as King called out updates. “Five hundred yards to go,” he said. “Three hundred yards!”
None of those present were one of the seven winners, so after a quick check of a master list, Birch and Cherish Gould scooped up the winning frogs. The crowd of children, and the adults who brought them, went back to the K of C hall to play in the moon bounce, crawl through the emergency vehicles and listen to music.
Funds raised will go to completing a portion of the Knights' parking lot and buying supplies for St. Joseph's students. Cash prize winners were Mike Dorsey, Keith Mathin, Lynnette Smith, King Fish, Lindsey Kudzal, Bobby Mullin and Marquis Shaw.