Regatta celebrates Moser while looking ahead to future

WORTHINGTON -- This year's president of the Windsurfing Regatta and Music Festival's board of directors is excited for this year's event, and how the annual celebration is planning for the future,...

Windsurfers set sail along Lake Okabena during the 2016 Regatta. (Tim Middagh / The Globe)

WORTHINGTON - This year’s president of the Windsurfing Regatta and Music Festival’s board of directors is excited for this year’s event, and how the annual celebration is planning for the future,


He’s also proud that this year’s festival is paying tribute to its past by honoring Ken Moser, a former board president who died in February.


“Ken was a huge part of the Regatta’s success,” Miller said of Moser. “We will be honoring Ken’s legacy by having his name on this year’s Regatta T-shirt. The family and the board of directors will be releasing some balloons after opening ceremonies.



“This year the YMCA will be doing the first-ever Ken Moser Memorial Run/Walk,” Miller continued. “It is a 5K color dash, and all proceeds from Color Dash will go to support the new “Family2Family” mentoring program that is being developed at our Worthington Area YMCA.”


Miller added that this year’s chair auction event will also benefit an organization for which Moser cared about deeply.


“On Saturday night we will be doing the chair auction, and proceeds this year will go to CCSI,” Miller said.  “Ken had been president of that organization for several years and it was a big part of his life.  He held a special place in his heart for people with disabilities and the board, and Daily Globe felt it was a fitting organization this year in memory of Ken.”


This year’s Worthington Regatta and Music Festival marks the 18th year of the event. Miller explained that the board of director has worked diligently to help the festival become increasingly appealing to a wider audience.



“This event has really evolved over the 18 years and more so over the last three years,” Miller said. “The board is always striving to make improvements, and a few years ago we removed the unvarnished part from the festival to try and reach a larger audience. We have been working really hard on bringing in some great music acts that everyone will really enjoy, and I think our music committee has succeeded.


“I think our biggest asset is we are able to have a community gathering right on the shore of Sailboard Beach,” he continued. “This event kind of kicks off summer for everyone. You can bring the family down, eat, grab a drink, watch the windsurfers and listen to music.”


Miller, who is originally from Worthington, is proud to be a part of what has become a popular Worthington tradition.


“I’m a young professional that moved back to where I grew up and was looking to get involved,” Miller said. “I looked at this as an opportunity to give back to the community that I was fortunate enough to grow up in.”



Miller is also eager to point out that it takes many folks - and not just a board of directors - to coordinate a successful Regatta.


“This event is made possible by great sponsors, volunteers and our Chamber,” he said. “This event would not happen without those three. I am extremely appreciative of anyone who has had a hand in putting this all together.


“I hope everyone can make it out and enjoy some food from our great food vendors, and then find a spot to relax and enjoy great music.”

Ryan McGaughey arrived in Worthington in April 2001 as sports editor of The Daily Globe, and first joined Forum Communications Co. upon his hiring as a sports reporter at The Dickinson (North Dakota) Press in November 1998. McGaughey became news editor in Worthington in November 2002 and editor in August 2006.
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