By Marjorie Woodfin

SMITH RIVER - Comments from planners, participants, and guests indicate that the first Active Living Expo was a success.

It began at 9 a.m. Saturday with a free continental breakfast, sponsored by LinCare, attended by approximately 300 people. The expo concluded at 8 p.m. with a street dance, sponsored by Chetco Federal Credit Union, with music by the Deja Voodoo band.

Two of the highlights of the day, each beginning at 3 p.m., were the small sailboat regatta and the fashion show.

The sell-out crowd at the fashion show had a triple treat: being able to watch the sailboats in action, observe fashions worn by models ranging from infants to mature adults, and eating desserts.

The fashion show models wore clothing from BG's Boutique, Dixie's Clothes Horse, SeaWeeds, and Gottschalks. Plus they showcased jewelry from Har-Brook Jewelers, co-sponsor of the show.

The guests were greeted at the door by Ann Christian, runner up for Miss Del Norte County, and given a long-stemmed carnation by Brett Mattos.

The regatta, organized by members of the Chetco Cove Yacht Club of Brookings, Point St. George Yacht Club of Crescent City and Elk Valley Casino, included 15 boats. Stacy McClaflin, general manager of the casino, announced the winners of the $600 purse, which was shared by winners in two classes.

The High Performance class winner was Jim Christopher of Eureka, at 75 the oldest participant, and Larry Sillaway of Eureka and Johnnie Beckett of Crescent City, tied for second place.

Low Performance class winner was the youngest participant, 17-year-old Sean Roberts of Brookings, with Ken Thompson of Brookings taking second place, and Michael Maas of Wilderville in third place.

More than 40 vendors, with booths set up inside the Ship Ashore recreation room and outside in the RV park, included boats from Water World Boating Center of Medford and vehicles from Coast Auto Center displayed near the entrance.

As booths were being taken down, commercial sponsors reported satisfactory results. Volunteers at the Brookings food bank booth provided by Chetco Federal Credit Union, reported signing up five new volunteers, and Habitat for Humanity folks said they sold a bunch of raffle tickets and also netted additional volunteers.

The exotic birds of prey displayed by Wildlife Images of Grants Pass, sponsored by Evergreen Federal Bank, impressed attendees who said they enjoyed getting up-close and personal with the big birds and learning about the little owls they see around Brookings.

Next to the birds, golfers and would-be golfers, had an opportunity to have golf pros Felix Claveran and Mike Rademaker assess their swing.

Workshops and seminars provided information about everything from health and health insurance, identity theft, investing, tai chi, plant and floral arranging, fly tying and casting, and freedom from fear.

A cake walk, sponsored by On Your Feet shoe store in Harbor, awarded walkers with $200 in gift certificates from Delaney's Bakery in Brookings and Continental Bakery in Crescent City.

Steve Westbrook, president of Smith River Kiwanis club, and three other members began grilling burgers at 11 a.m., and by 3 p.m. had served more than 600 people. The burgers, chips and drink meal was sponsored by Sutter Coast Hospital. The lunchtime entertainment provided by the Renegade Line Dancers was sponsored by Lucky 7 Casino.