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Sailor Miler Borash, Marblehead, Mass., unpacks his longboard on Sailboard Beach Tuesday afternoon by Lake Okabena in Worthington. Brian Korthals/Daily Globe

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WORTHINGTON — By mid-afternoon Tuesday, food vendors were beginning to get set up, the lakeside road was secured by barricades and a handful of windsurfers were getting the lay of the lake along Sailboard Beach. By time of tonight’s opening ceremonies, everything should be ready for the 2014 Windsurfing Regatta and Unvarnished Music Festival.

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“We already have people here who have national identities from Belgium, Australia and Great Britain, as well as from Utah, Texas and Michigan,” listed Bill Keitel, who lives across from Sailboard Beach and is one of the event’s co-founders. “We just had people show up from Florida who have never been here before, and they are giddy with excitement to be here.”

The 15th annual WR & UMF, which this year is the host event for the US Windsurfing Nationals, begins today and continues through Sunday. Worthington Okabena Windsurfers President Ken Moser is optimistic that all the elements will come together to create a record-setting event.

“I think we’re going to have a phenomenal crowd,” he said. “All the buzz is there. It feels like we’re going to have a banner event.”

The weather forecast calls for variable conditions throughout the week, noted Moser, with hopefully just enough wind to please the windsurfers and enough sunshine and warm temperatures to make it comfortable for those attending the music festival.

As part of WCCO’s “Goin’ to the Lake” series, Worthington will also be the site of live broadcasts for both WCCO-TV and Radio, and Moser encourages local residents to come out and watch those broadcasts. Television broadcasts featuring Lauren Casey and Worthington native Liz Collin will be during the 5 and 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts Thursday and Friday. Radio personality John Williams will broadcast live from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday from BenLee’s Cafe in downtown Worthington. Pioneer Public TV will also capture footage of the festival.

Events formally get under way tonight with the opening ceremony scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on the Sailboard Stage. The national anthem will be sung by Melissa Remme, and the flag-raising ceremony will be conducted by members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3958, who will be led in by artist-in-residence drummer Steve Turner and some of his workshop students.

Musical performances, artistic opportunities and sailing events will continue through the weekend. Lake Street will be blocked off for the duration of the festival, and Moser asks people to leave the barricades in place and use the parking areas located just a block or two from Sailboard Beach.

Regatta Schedule:

Wednesday, June 11

9 to 11 a.m., windsurfer registration

9 a.m., skipper’s meeting, racing to follow

9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Artist Shawn McCann, VFW

11 a.m. to 8 p.m., food vendors open

3 to 5 p.m., “Drumming is Easy” workshop with Steve Turner

3 to 11 p.m., beer tent open

4:30 to 8 p.m., Daily Globe tent open

5:30 p.m., opening ceremony

6 p.m., Jalan Crossland

8 p.m., Ray Wylie Hubbard

10:15 p.m., Shoreline Jam, all musicians and public welcome

Thursday, June 12

9 a.m., skipper’s meeting, racing to follow

9 a.m. to noon, workshop for parents and kids with artist Kevin Reese

9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Artist Shawn McCann, VFW

11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Daily Globe tent open; food vendors open

3 to 11 p.m., beer tent open

6 p.m., Trefoil

8 p.m., Paul Mayasich & RAMM Band

10:15 p.m., Shoreline Jam, all musicians and public welcome

Friday, June 13

9 a.m., skipper’s meeting, racing to follow

11 a.m. to 6 p.m., chainsaw artist Marc Kurtz, Second Avenue & Lake Street

11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Arts on the Shore vendors open; Daily Globe tent open; food vendors open

3 to 11:59 p.m., beer tent open

6 p.m., Narrow Vines

8 p.m., Ipso Facto

10:15 p.m., Shoreline Jam, all musicians and public welcome

Saturday, June 14

Regatta Bike Ride, registration from 8 to 9 a.m., ride at 9 a.m., Centennial Park

8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Daily Globe tent open

9 a.m., skipper’s meeting, racing to follow

9 a.m. to 6 p.m., artist Shawn McCann, VFW

10 a.m. Zumba, America Voss

10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Kids Art Tent

11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Arts on the Shore vendors open; food vendors open

Noon to 11:59 p.m., beer tent open

1 p.m., Larry Myer

3 p.m., Land Shark

5 p.m., Daily Globe Chair Auction

6 p.m., The Tinder Box

8 p.m., Ride

10:15 p.m., Shoreline Jam, all musicians and public welcome

Sunday, June 15

9 a.m., skipper’s meeting, racing to follow

10 a.m. to 2 p.m, Daily Globe tent open

11 a.m. to 3 p.m., food vendors open

Afternoon, Windsurfing Award Ceremony

Daily Globe Features Editor Beth Rickers may be reached at 376-7327.

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Beth Rickers
Beth Rickers is the veteran in the newspaper staff with 25 years as the Daily Globe's Features Editor. Interests include cooking, traveling and beer tasting and making with her home-brewing husband, Bryan. She writes an Area Voices blog called Lagniappe, which is a Creole term that means "a little something extra." It can be found at http://lagniappe.areavoices.com/.  
(507) 376-7327
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