JENNINGS RANDOLPH LAKE - Sink or swim, or maybe even win - you'll enjoy the splash this Saturday, Aug. 11, at Jennings Randolph Lake when the Blue Dragon Regatta takes place at 10 a.m.

For the News Tribune
JENNINGS RANDOLPH LAKE - Sink or swim, or maybe even win - you'll enjoy the splash this Saturday, Aug. 11, at Jennings Randolph Lake when the Blue Dragon Regatta takes place at 10 a.m.
So, a regatta is a boat race, and, the boats racing will be made of cardboard and duct tape. Yes - cardboard and duct tape for the “build your own” category!
There will also be a kayak race.
Even better, there will be awards for the winners: $100 for first place in each category, and $50 for second place in each, thanks to a generous donor in support of this great Mineral County Parks and Recreation event.
Kevin Simon, director of Mineral County Parks and Recreation and the mastermind behind the event, says, “Come and be a part of the first annual Blue Dragon Boat Regatta.”
Growing up near Elk Garden, the Mineral County community closest to Jennings Randolph Lake, Kevin became familiar with the nickname for the lake, assigned because of the view from the air. Google-Earth the lake and you will see what he is talking about.
You can also go on Facebook to 2018 Mineral County Parks and Recreation Boat Regatta for registration information and more details. Call 304-788-5732 or email mcparksandrec@outlook.com.
The Blue Dragon cardboard boat regatta will challenge amateur boat builders, youths and adults to design, build, and navigate boats made entirely of cardboard and duct tape. The boats will set out from Shaw Beach.
Spectators may have some of the most fun cheering on the courageous crews who soak up the fun on the lake! And Simon says there will be a vote on best boat design, best costume, most creative (but no betting on “first-to-sink!”).
In addition to the race, there will be fun for the entire family, with foods and drink from Fountain Ruritan, Keyser Breakfast Kiwanis, Friends of Jennings Randolph Lake, with rumors of snow cones and sugar maple cotton candy available.  
There will also be a bounce house, and Scott Furey, state champion coach from Keyser, will DJ the event.
Directions to the event: Most of Mineral County will find their way to Route 50 west and climb the Allegheny Front Mountain to Route 42 at the top, and turn right toward Elk Garden. Upon entering Elk Garden, you will see signs for Jennings Randolph Lake, directing you to turn north on Route 46 (Shaw Road) and follow to Jennings Randolph Lane on your left, or follow the signs to Shaw Beach.
Elk Garden businesses will welcome your visit along the way at the Jones Store on Route 42 west end of town, Mountain Top Sports at 25 Walnut, and JNS General Store also on Route 42 approaching the town.
Saturday's rBegatta is held in partnership with the 21-event “Tour of the 7 C's” program of the Mineral County Convention and Visitors' Bureau, and with the assistance of the US Army Corps of Engineers at Jennings Randolph Lake.