2018 Escape to the Lake in the books

Posted: Jun 19 2018
"Wet and wild" certainly helped describe the fun June 16 at Nelson Lake Recreation Area near Center in western North Dakota, site of the 24th annual Escape to the Lake for North Dakotans with physical disabilities.
 
With support that includes two side skiers from the Aberdeen (S.D.) Aqua Addicts performance ski team, an Escape to the Lake participant waterskis around Nelson Lake near Center, N.D., June 16.
Thanks to everyone who participated and helped get North Dakota's long-running adaptive water recreation extravaganza successfully accomplished for yet another year. NDAD's Facebook page offers photo images and video of the event.

Twentyone skiers took water-ski joy rides around Nelson Lake, providing broad smiles, laughter, cheers and hugs for participants and volunteers alike. Intermittent rain and slightly below seasonable temperatures tried but failed to spoil the fun. Some participants also got a ride in on the event pontoon before weather interrupted.

Once again, on-site experts from Texas Adaptive Aquatics provided support and guidance to all adaptive water-skiing participants. Key additional on-site support came from founder and organizer NDAD, plus longtime partners Sporting Chance North Dakota and the Aberdeen (S.D.) Aqua Addicts ski team.

Other event sponsorship or support, some of it on site, was provided by Revolutions Power Sports of Grand Forks, CircuitGizmos of Mandan, Cass County Electric Cooperative Foundation's Operation Round Up, Northern Plains Electric Cooperative's Operation Round Up, McLean Electric Cooperative, Prairie Patriot of Mandan, Midco Foundation, Southgate Casino Bar and Grill of Grand Forks, Pub 21 of Bismarck, Pepsi-Cola Bottling of Mandan, and Coca-Cola Bottling High Country of Bismarck. Thanks again for the generous sponsorships and support.

Mark your calendars: Sat., June 15, 2019, is the 25th annual Escape to the Lake.

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