GREAT VALLEY, N.Y. (WIVB) - It was a beautiful day for the "Ya Gotta Regatta," a fun boat race that benefits the Great Valley Volunteer Fire Department.
It brings together many communities and has over 3,000 each year.
Bruce Shaner of Lancaster said, "We're passing through this pretty little community of Great Valley, and we just happened to stumble across this water craft ride."
Samantha Donor of Salamanca said, "It's great for the community. A lot of people come in from different towns. It's great party time for all the young crowds."
As for the rules? Organizers say: whatever floats, can race. And that usually leads to some trouble keeping the crafts above water.
"We're seeing some crazy people getting wet. The water's got to be a little chilly. But it's for a good cause, and a lot of these people are well-lubricated, so they don't feel too much when they go in the water," said one organizer.
The race is one big party, with a lot of revelers, wrecks and wet people along Great Valley Creek, which runs from Rt. 219 at Great Valley, south the Allegany River at Salamanca.
It's always held the first weekend in May, and with the wonderful weather, it was a huge hit.
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