COUPLE CLAIMS 7TH FUR TRADE DAYS REGATTA TITLE

Posted 9 months ago

By John Axtell

L-R Chris Garrett, Julie Garrett, Sawyer Haag, Justin Haag

L-R Chris Garrett, Julie Garrett, Sawyer Haag, Justin Haag

Hay Springs-area ranchers Chris and Julie Garrett again dominated the annual Chadron Kiwanis Club Fur Trade Days Regatta, held Sunday on the Chadron State Park lagoon

The Garretts, high school sweethearts, won the 2-person canoe race for the 7th time, defeating the father-son team of Justin and Sawyer Haag by 25-seconds in a time of 2:38. This year’s race drew 8 competitors.

The often frenetic race requires competitors to carry their canoes from the bank to the water, launch them, and paddle around the lagoon…after while those in the other boat try to tip them over or ortherwise obstruct them.

The Regatta also includes kids paddleboat races with prizes for all competitors. Chadron State Park provided watermelon this year for everyone in attendance.