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Smith helping with awards ceremony for Junction Bridge Regatta Exhibit, Watch Party Set on Sept. 21

The Junction Bridge Board will host the Third Annual Junction Bridge Regatta Exhibition and Watch Party from 3:30 to 7 p.m. in downtown Little Rock on the Arkansas River on Saturday., Sept. 21, according to Eddie Armstrong, Junction Bridge Board Chair.

The Sailboat Exhibition Races will be presented by the Grande Maumelle Sailing Club, and led by Tracy Sykes, club commodore. The Rowing Exhibition Races will be presented by the Arkansas Boathouse Club and led by Steve Denne, president.

Spectators will have a spectacular vantage point to watch the boat races from the Junction Bridge during the watch party on the North Little Rock side of the bridge.

Sailing and Rowing events will be from 3:30 to 6. Watch the North Little Rock and Little Rock Police teams, youth teams and master sailing and rowing teams.

The event is family oriented and open to the public; no tickets are required. Light snacks and beverages will be available to purchase. Bring casual chairs; no coolers allowed. Music will be provided from 3:30 to 7 p.m. by Rob Moore’s band Mojo Depot.

Awards will be presented at 6:30 p.m. by Judge Buddy Villines, North Little Rock Mayor Joe Smith, Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola and Junction Bridge Board Chair Eddie Armstrong. The gorgeous sunset will be at 6:45 p.m.

According to Steve Denne, “The rowing crews will start at the Junction Bridge and proceed upstream to the Broadway Bridge. Then they will race back to the Junction Bridge.”

“The sailboats will enter the river downstream at the North Little Rock ramp near the Arkansas Boathouse and will proceed upstream and then back to the Junction Bridge for their race,” said Tracy Sykes.

For more information contact Cynthia VanWinkle at 851-8507. To schedule your event on the Junction Bridge contact Nita Danaher, Verizon Event Coordinator at 975-9423 ornitad@verizonarena.com.

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