Did you know that the Bantam Lake Ski Club is the longest running, continuously operated Water Ski Club in the United States? Me either, but they've been hitting the waters of Bantam Lake since 1958. Bantam Lake is the largest natural lake in Connecticut, at 947 acres in both Litchfield and Morris.

Every year during the second weekend of August, the Bantam Lake Ski Club puts on a "Cypress Gardens"-style water ski show at Bantam Lake's Sandy Beach, this year, it's Saturday and Sunday, August 7 & 8, 2021. Here's a video from their 2018 show, a taste of what to expect.

The Bantam Ski Club will perform all sorts of acts, including barefoot skiiers, wake boarders, mixed doubles, trick skiing, boat O's, multi-tier pyramids, jumping, ballet lines, and even a kid's ski line too. According to Bantamskiclub.com, the show will be around 2 1/2 hours long, and spectators are welcome to enjoy Sandy Beach before and after the show.

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The organizers are urging attendees to arrive by 1:30PM on Saturday and Sunday, the show starts at 2PM, and they suggest arriving a half an hour early to ensure you have plenty of time to find parking, and a good spot on the beach to enjoy the show. They also ask that you stay on the beach while the show is going on, otherwise, you are free to spend your day enjoying everything that Bantam Lake has to offer.

There's a suggested donation of $20 per vehicle, with the proceeds raised going towards the support of the Bantam Lake Ski Club. Sounds like a fun way to spend some quality time by the water and enjoy one of Connecticut's heritage events.

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