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Regatta at Lake Arthur draws crowds

Various types of boats take to the waters at the Regatta at Lake Arthur Saturday.

MUDDY CREEK TWP — For nearly two decades the annual Lake Arthur Regatta has drawn thousands of visitors to Moraine State Park.

That tradition continued this weekend, with an estimated 10,000 to 15, 000 people expected to visit the park over the festival's two days, Saturday and Sunday. Last year nearly 18,000 visitors were drawn to the park by the event.

On Saturday afternoon cool and breezy weather ushered people onto Lake Arthur's South Shore, where a variety of land and water-based activities awaited them.

The attention-grabbing event on Saturday was the Dock Dogs, an aquatic canine competition that drew dozens of dogs and their owners — from serious competitors who travel across the country to put their dogs' skills to the test, to first-timers who entered the competition on a whim — to the park.

As of Saturday afternoon nearly 70 dogs had already jumped in various divisions of the competition, which featured a long jump, a high jump, and a speed retrieval category. And the first day of the two-day event wasn't even over yet.

Those competitors included Kevin McAfee, a captain in the Butler Fire Department who has been jumping with his dog Luna, a lab mix, for nearly eight years now.

A full report will appear in the Butler Eagle.

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