Backed by the Beaver Lake Performance and Powerboat Association and organized by the nonprofit Sheep Dog Impact Assistance veterans services organization, the sixth annual Big Boat Bash set for July 18 on Beaver Lake in Rogers, Ark., has been cancelled. The news follows the event’s mid-May announcement that the Power On The Bricks Party set for July in Rogers had been scrubbed. in keeping with COVID-19 pandemic Centers For Disease Control and Prevent and Arkansas State safety guidelines.
Though it won’t happen this year, the Big Boat Bash will return in 2021 according to its organizers. Photo by Kevin Johns copyright Instant Memories Photography/speedonthewater.com.
The Sheep Dog Impact Assistance group issue the following statement this afternoon:
“Due to ongoing COVID-19 social distancing and gathering guidance, as well as the recent spike in confirmed cases in Arkansas, we made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 event and focus our efforts on making the 2021 Big Boat Bash even bigger and better than ever.”
Organizer Brian Buckminster of Siloam Springs, Ark., has been involved with the event since its inception. Buckminster said that though he’s disappointed the event had to be scrubbed he expects it to come back strong next year.
“We have been blessed with an amazing group of supporters and boaters every single year,” he said. “This event is special in its own little way and we plan to continue to build on that success in the future.”
Donations to Sheep Dog Impact Assistance in the name of the Big Boat Bash can still be made by clicking here.