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Coons reports quiet weekend at Milton Regatta camp

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By Phyllis McLaughlin

Regatta revelers on the Milton, Ky., side of the Ohio River were well-behaved, according to Trimble County Sheriff Tim Coons.

Coons said Monday that there were DUI arrests made by his staff and Kentucky State Police on State Hwy. 36 and U.S. 421 South, but there were no serious incidents among those camping on the riverbank.

Coons credits the quiet weekend to a smaller crowd than usual on the Milton side, and to the rainy, chilly weather on Saturday, July 4.

“The rain had a lot to do with it,” Coons said  Monday. “Our crowds were way, way down.”

Coons was finding it difficult Monday to stifle yawns during the interview. He said Regatta weekend is a tough one, because he and his staff work long hours from Thursday to Sunday.

“There’s at least three to five of us down there, and we’re constantly patrolling along the bottom,” he said. “We’re very visible.”

Typically, his days on Regatta weekend start about 8 a.m. and end after midnight, sometimes as late as 3 a.m.

But the long hours pay off, and he said by the end of the weekend, he and his deputies have built a positive rapport with Regatta fans.