Celebration sets sail for centennial anniversary of lake

More than 100 boats will converge on Lake Worth on June 21 to celebrate its 100th year.
More than 100 boats will converge on Lake Worth on June 21 to celebrate its 100th year.

by Ben Posey

Residents around the area will celebrate the 100-year anniversary of Lake Worth next month. The lake opened in June 1917 to recreational visitors, and by the end of the first summer, nearly 75,000 people visited the resort. The lake made international headlines for a brief time in 1969 when the Lake Worth Monster made his appearance near Greer Island.  His story is celebrated each year at the Monster Bash in the Fort Worth Nature Center and Preserve.

Whether you’re a participant or a spectator, mark your calendar for two fun events in June to celebrate the lake’s 100th birthday.

Mayor’s Bicycle Tour, June 7

Join Mayor Betsy Price on a 12.6- mile ride that starts and ends at Marion Sansom Park, 2501 Roberts Cutoff Road. Registration is at 7 a.m. and the ride starts at 8 a.m. There is no fee, but registration and a liability waiver are required. Registration can be done onsite the day of the event or online.

Centennial Boat Parade, June 21

The 100-plus-boat parade is for power boaters, sail boaters, standup paddleboarders, kayakers and canoers.

To learn more about upcoming Lake Worth Centennial events, visit  http://www.lakeworthcentennial.org

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