Water Ski Championships in Elkins this Weekend

How many of you out there know that Elkins is home to Cedar Creek Waterski Park? This weekend is the perfect time to discover just what the park has to offer when it hosts the South Central Regional Water Ski Championships on July 27-29.

Admission is free, so don’t miss watching the best water ski athletes in the world compete. About 300 competitors of all ages will compete in slalom, trick, and jump. This is the final event prior to the U.S. National Championships in West Palm Beach, Florida.

On Friday, the competition starts at 7:30 a.m. with the Junior Championship (age groups under 18). Some of the best junior athletes in the world will be there, including 2012 U.S. team member Sam Greenwood from Little Rock. Greenwood recently jumped 171 feet in an event in Washington this past weekend. Julianna Boskus of Elkins and Kat Warner of Dallas will also be on hand. They helped the Under 13 U.S. team win the gold at the 2010 PAN-AM Waterski Championship.

Events kick off early again on Saturday and Sunday for the adult divisions and open divisions. Slalom and Trick Skiing begin at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday with men’s and women’s Distance Jumping following on Saturday afternoon. Trick skiers commonly complete multiple flips and toe turns and jump distances exceeding 150 feet. Lori Kruger, a 2012 U.S. 35+ team member, will compete both days. Numerous defending national and former world champions will also be in attendance.

Need directions to the park? Here are the directions the park provides on its website.

 

From Fayetteville, Arkansas

Take Interstate 540 to exit 60, Cato Springs/Razorback Road. Head North towards Fayetteville this is Razorback Road. Turn right at the four way stop sign by the Razorback Baseball Stadium. ***This is Hwy 16 East. Follow Hwy 16 east through Elkins, Arkansas. At the Harps grocery store in Elkins, you have 4 miles to go. Follow Hwy 16 to the community of Durham. At Durham turn right on County Road 42. The lake will be up the first concrete driveway on the right.

  

From Little Rock, Arkansas

(travel time approximately 2:45)

Take I40 to Ozark, Arkansas, exit on to Hwy 23, go North to Hwy 16, turn East on Hwy 16 for 15 miles to the community of Durham. Turn left on County Road 42 at Durham. The lakes will be up the first concrete driveway on the right.

 

From Harrison, Arkansas

(travel time approximately 1:30)

Take Hwy 412 East to Huntsville, Arkansas. Go into the Huntsville business district; take Hwy 74 to Elkins, Arkansas. Turn Left on Hwy 16. Follow Hwy 16 East through Elkins, Arkansas. At the Harps grocery store in Elkins you have 4 miles to go. Follow Hwy 16 to the community of Durham. At Durham turn right on County Road 42. The lake will be up the first concrete driveway on the right.

 

From Tulsa, Oklahoma

(travel time approximately 2 hours)

Take Hwy 412 West to Springdale, AR. Go South on Interstate 540 to Exit 60 Cato Springs/Razorback Road. Turn left on to Razorback road go to first 4 way stop sign turn right 

 

From Texas

If your coming from Houston go to Dallas and come up thru Oklahoma. The western part of Arkansas is very mountainous and it will add hours if you drive to Texarkana and attempt to go up hwy 71. 

From Dallas follow hwy 75 North to Oklahoma then follow Hwy 75/69 to Interstate 40. Go East on Interstate 40 into Arkansas. Near Alma, Arkansas take Interstate 540 North to Fayetteville.  At exit 60, Cato Springs/Razorback Road. Head North towards Fayetteville this is Razorback Road. ***Turn right at the four way stop sign by the Razorback Baseball Stadium. This is Hwy 16 East. Follow Hwy 16 east through Elkins, Arkansas. At the Harps grocery store in Elkins, you have 4 miles to go. Follow Hwy 16 to the community of Durham. At Durham turn right on County Road 42. The lake will be up the first concrete driveway on the right.

 
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One comment on “Water Ski Championships in Elkins this Weekend
  1. Kathy Conway says:

    I had worked for Parks and Tourism for 18 1/2 years and didn’t know this. They always took us down to Durham to the Blue birds of Happiness.

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