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Water Ski Show Coming to Batterson

Rotary Club of New Britain-Berlin Bringing Extravaganza Fundraiser

Residents won’t have to go far Aug 17-18 to see a special show many might find at a Florida Water Entertainment Park like Sea World or Cypress Gardens.

The Rotary Club of New Britain-Berlin has chosen a family fun fundraiser that will bring a 2-day Water Ski Show to Batterson Park.

“I’ve been involved in Waterskiing my whole life in one way or another,” said Kenny Jones of te Rotary Club. “Right now my family is involved in a water ski show team out of Massachusetts. One guy on the team asked me if we could bring a show to Batterson Park as years ago there was waterskiing there.”

At this show there will be four teams and exhibitions coming down to raise money for the rotary club.

“We want to put on some really cool shows for the community,” said Jones. “There will pyramids and 14 girl ballet lines, with costumes, announcing and music and six boats going at once.”

There will be 3 to 4 totally different shows each day. Each team will put on their own show and in between shows will be jumpers.

“We are bringing in a water ski jump,” said Jones. “Maybe next time between the shows we’ll throughout a huge pyramid or mixed doubles.”

The Club is asking for the support of Connecticut residents in-order to have a successful event. Rotarians from throughout Connecticut are especially encouraged to support this major fundraiser.

“This promises to be a high point of the summer season and one that everyone will be talking about for a long time,” said Rotarian Joan Mercier. “Most organizations have Wine Tasting Events, Sale of various items, Golf Tournaments, etc., to try to boost their treasuries, but this year, the Rotary Club of New Britain-Berlin has come up with a gem. An event for the entire family. This is a highly unusual occurrence in local fundraising.”

The Park is located on the New Britain-Farmington Line.

Rotary Club members Jones and Janice Jerman are co-chairing the event which promises to be the high point of the summer season for many area residents. There will be two teams from Massachusetts, one from New York and one from New Jersey. These teams will be competing against each other in the following categories: best yard sale (a water skiing stunt), most entertaining, best pyramid and best overall show. The audience will also have the opportunity to vote for the team with the best crowd appeal. Jones, owner of the Automotive Connection on Newington Avenue in New Britain, promises that the show is something you definitely won’t want to miss.

“You don’t have to be there all day and every time you come you will not miss the beginning of a game or the end of a game,” said Jones. “It will be entertainment throughout the whole day. If you want to stay the whole day, there will be entertainment non-stop.”

The proceeds of this event will go to charitable, non-profit entities that provide needed service to others. In the past several years, the Club has focused on literacy and education initiatives, public safety, and support and advancement of persons with disabilities, to name a few.

This unique fund raiser will begin on Saturday morning, August 17th with Opening Ceremonies scheduled for 9 a.m. Doors open at 8 a.m. Events will continue throughout the day and come to an end at approximately 5:30 – 6 p.m. The committee is in the process of getting commitments from food vendors, soda and beer vendors, children’s activities, music, etc.

“They will all be local companies,” said Jones.

Admission is $12, but mention you saw the article in the New Britain City Journal and get $2 off the price.

Those attending are encouraged to bring lawn chairs; however, coolers and backpacks will not be allowed.

“We are basically bringing Florida to Central Connecticut,” said Jones. “The Water Ski Show and Extravaganza was born out of the ideas that fundraising can and should be fun and should incorporate the larger community.”

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