Legion Post 9
to sponsor 2003 Regatta fireworks show
(May 2003) MADISON, Ind. For the third consecutive
year, the American Legion Post 9 of Madison will sponsor the fireworks
show during festival week at the Budweiser Madison Regatta supported
by Belterra Casino Resort unlimited hydroplane races. This year's show
will take place around 9 p.m. (EST-slow time) Saturday, July 5, from
a barge on the Ohio River.
Left: Crystal McHargue, Post 9
Cmdr. Bill Bruther, Ann Geyman,
Mike Adams and Madison
Mayor Al Huntington.
This family oriented event annually draws one of the largest
crowds of local residents and tourists alike and one of the main reasons
the Legion has sponsored the event, according to Post 9 Cmdr. Bill Bruther.
He made the announcement at an April 10 press conference, along with
Legion trustees Arthur Perkinson, Bob Bladen and Dan Kidwell.
"We believe the city of Madison and Jefferson County as well as
the surrounding area will be served well and get more out of the fireworks
than ever before" considering recent military events in Iraq and
Afghanistan over the past year, Bruther said. "It's a celebration
of our freedom and a great American bpasttime to cherish and not forget,
and will be especially significant with the latest activities in Irag,"
Madison Regatta president Ann Geyman said "everyone looks forward
to the fireworks show and there cannot be a better fit than the American
Legion (as a sponsor). They remind us of the men and women who are now
fighting overseas to safeguard our freedom at home."
The free event is Madison's way of celebrating the Fourth of July holiday
and a special time for families, said Madison Mayor Al Huntington.
"The fireworks show is one of our most popular family events of
the year, and it is especially significant this year for patriotism
as we show our support for the troops overseas," Huntington said.
"As mayor, I just want to say how much I appreciate the American
Legion stepping up and sponsoring this event for the third straight
The Legion pays nearly $20,000 to sponsor the event, Bruther said. The
half-hour show is staged by the Zambelli family, who launch the rockets
from a barge in the middle of the river just after dark.
This year's Madison Regatta festival will run from June 28 to July 6,
with the race events occurring on the July 5-6 weekend. These include
Hydro-Props Budweiser Unlimited Hydroplane Series presented by
BoatShopper, and the Bob Snelling Vintage Memorial Event with 30 vintage
hydroplanes and a thrilling air show. There are many other events leading
up to race weekend. These events include a Regatta queen pageant and
music festival, plus the Vaughn Drive midway. For more information or
to order wristbands, call (812) 265-5000 or visit: www.madisonregatta.com.
sought for 2003 Regatta pageant
MADISON, Ind. - The Madison Regatta Scholarship Pageant seeks entries
for its 2003 event, scheduled for Monday, June 30, at the Ohio Theater
in downtown Madison.
The pageant is sponsored each year by Xi Beta Upsilon chapter of Beta
Sigma Phi sorority. It is for girls between the ages of 18 and 26. The
pageant will be limited to the first 12 entrants received by the deadline
of June 7.
The competition is not limited to residents of Madison. Anyone in the
surrounding counties or states may enter. The winner will receive a
$500 scholarship, plus various other awards. She should be available
to represent the community during the Regatta festival week and weekend.
The first runner-up will receive a $100 scholarship; the second runner-up
will receive a $50 scholarship.
To obtain an application, contact Linda Ralston at (812) 866-2416 or
racing legend Little dies at 77
LAKELAND, Fla. (April 27, 2003) One of the most
recognizable faces in motorsports history, Bernie Little, owner of the
Miss Budweiser unlimited hydroplane team passed away April 25 in Lakeland,
Fla., as a result of complications related to pneumonia. He was 77.
Little is survived by his wife, Jane; two sons, Bernie Little Jr. and
Joe Little; a daughter, Becky Ham; a sister, Catherine Moore; and four
Memorial Services were held April 29 at First United Methodist Church
in Lakeland, Fla.
Little was a colorful, passionate and dedicated racer of boats. His
record is unsurpassed with 134 race victories, 22 World Championships
and 14 APBA Gold Cups. Little had been the most successful team owner
in the history of unlimited hydroplane racing.
Little's teams were sponsored by Anheuser-Busch for more than 40 years,
representing one of the most successful owner-sponsor relationships
in the high-powered world of motorsports.
A force in hydroplane racing since 1963, Little completed 40 consecutive
seasons of competition after entering 354 Unlimited hydroplane races.
Little's Miss Budweiser finished in the top three a total of 230 times.
At the conclusion of the 2002 season, the Miss Budweiser team was presented
with the first Bernie Little World High Points Championship Trophy,
which was renamed in 2001 in Little's honor.
A native of McComb, Ohio, Little was a resident of Lakeland, Fla. As
a youth growing up in the Depression era of the 1930s, he operated a
morning and evening newspaper route and found time to polish cars, shovel
snow and caddie at the golf course on the weekends.
After serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, Little and his wife
settled in Florida and began building a dynasty in aircraft and automobile
sales. He opened an automobile dealership, and he performed as a stunt
pilot with the "All-Miami Air Show."
Later, Little started leasing airports and eventually selling and leasing
airplanes. It was during this time that Little entered Unlimited hydroplane
racing with his first boat, Tempo.
In 1972, Little purchased his first Anheuser-Busch distributorship in
Lakeland. He later purchased two additional distributorships and turned
all three into major successes.
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