At last Saturday's Tubing Regatta in Tilton, Tim Collins of Marlboro, Mass. won a trip to Bermuda for his 1869 swimwear costume and float bearing a replica of the Tilton Arch. (Photo by Donna Rhodes) (click for larger version)
August 01, 2019TILTON – As part of the yearlong 150th anniversary celebration for the Town of Tilton, people gathered by the Winnipesaukee River last Saturday for a cool and relaxing float from the Holiday Inn on Route 140 to Riverfront Park.
As part of the fun, participants were invited to dress up in costumes from 1869, the year the town received its charter, or decorate their floats for the theme. Judges Chuck Mitchell, Fred Caruso and Jim Higgins were then called upon to determine which of those entries would win a four-day trip to Bermuda aboard the Norwegian Cruise Line's ship Encore. The trip was provided by Allan Powell of the Tilton Inn and Onions Pub, who organized the Tubing Regatta for Tilton's 150th Anniversary Committee.
Weather that day was hot and humid so there not many in costume but Tim Collins stood out in the crowd with his Victorian-era men's swimwear and adjoining float that carried a large cardboard replica of the Tilton Arch.
"I even found some American flags from 1869 to put on the top," Collins said as he prepared for launch in his blue and white striped, cover-all swimwear.
At the end of the long and winding trip downriver, everyone then gathered at the Black Swan Inn on W. Main Street in Tilton for a barbecue and live music from popular local musician Jackie Lee. In an unanimous decision from the judges, Collins was also presented with the trip to Bermuda for his costumery and float.
"I want to thank Trisha and John of Black Swan Inn for hosting the barbecue, and Jackie Lee for the fantastic music," said Powell.