Madison Regatta returns for 2021

The Madison Regatta is officially returning this summer and will take place July 2 to 4 on the Ohio River in Madison.

This will be the 71st running of the event, and it also marks the 50th anniversary of Miss Madison’s win in 1971.

The Madison Regatta is one of the oldest and largest hydroplane boat races in the United States. It hosts the APBA Gold Cup with two of the fastest boat associations known, H1Unlimited and Grand Prix America.

Along with the regatta itself, the three-day event also will include regatta pageants, fire station water ball fight, 10K run/walk, Roostertail Music Festival, patriotic regatta parade and a fireworks display.

“The board and I are excited to be able to bring the Madison Regatta event to our beautiful riverfront this year considering the hard year we all had,” Madison Regatta President Greg Thorpe said in a news release. “This will be great for our community as well as the many loyal race fans. We are eternally grateful for the financial support of the Jefferson County Board of Tourism, city of Madison and Visit Madison Inc. as well as our presenting sponsor, Nucor Madison, among countless others.”

Roostertail Music Festival will be on Friday night after the parade on Main Street at Bicentennial Park.

The lineup for Roostertail will be posted soon and can be found online at

“It is ironic that we find ourselves in a similar situation as Mayor Don Vaughn was in 50 years ago searching for ways to bring the regatta to the city of Madison,” Mayor Bob Courtney said in a news release. “The Madison Regatta is an iconic event with deep community roots, but even more so, it is an economic driver for the community’s tourism economy, and we found it very compelling to work with the regatta board and its volunteers to join with the Jefferson County Board of Tourism to financially support the event this year.”

Tickets are now available for purchase online. This year’s general admission ticket will gain admittance in both the Madison Regatta and Roostertail Music Festival. Now through April 30, general admission tickets are $30; May 1 through June 26 tickets are $40; and beginning June 27, tickets are $50 and will only be available at selected locations and/or the gate.

For information about the event, visit

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