EQT Three Rivers Regatta

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EQT Three Rivers Regatta

Summer in Pittsburgh is loaded with events and activities. Last weekend was eventful with the Regatta happening in North Shore and Red Bull Flugtag.

This year, EQT Three Rivers Regatta was celebrating 40th year anniversary and to celebrate its success, Red Bull Flugtag was conducted on Saturday morning. Three rivers regatta was conducted for consecutive three days starting from Friday, August 4 to Sunday, August 6.

The main stage was set at the Point State Park and the events were conducted in different spots – On the River, Point State Park, Clemente Bridge. Kids section was set at the Point State Park. There was a Wheel of Lights Ferris wheel and Rachael Ray Nutrish Frisbee Dogs.

A sensational Sand Sculpture highlighting the skyline of Pittsburgh was designed using 150 tons of sand was set at the entrance of the Point State Park. There were Jet Ski Stunt Shows conducted every day and it was an awesome experience to witness the stunts performed by the people on the Allegheny river. Regatta Marketplace was available for purchasing food on the Clemente Bridge.

The highlight of the Regatta was the Red Bull Flugtag and it was conducted for the first time in Pittsburgh. 37 teams were selected to design their own flying aircraft and launch their homemade flying machines by themselves across the river off a 22-foot flight deck. The flying machines were designed based on Pittsburgh. There was a flight designed as Duquesne Incline and Pittsburgh land marks.

There was a high-intensity BMX stunt shows on the river walk of North Shore. Anything that floats race was conducted on the final day of the fest. Participants can bring anything that floats on the water and can enjoy the race. People came up with their handmade skate boards, designed boats, even foam boards and participated in the event. It was really an exciting experience to watch people of all ages float on the river with the available items and radiating a positive energy.

If you haven’t witnessed F1 boat race, then you should visit the F- Lights power boat race. Racers raced in their power boat and the maximum speed of the race was 65 miles per hour. If you need a high-intensity racing, then one should not miss the USF1 Powerboat finals where the speed limit is 131 miles per hour. We felt the adrenaline rush in us when they raced each other on the Allegheny River.

There were also events conducted on land like Frisbee dogs, Live Music performance and Skydive conducted by Red Bull Air Force. There was a lighted boat parade on Saturday night where boats lighted the entire North Shore of the Allegheny River.

The event finally ended with the Regatta Thunder Fireworks. Most of the events conducted during the fest were “the first timers” for me and I thoroughly enjoyed the fest. I made sure that I will visit the Regatta every year until I leave this beautiful city – Pittsburgh.

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