Thursday, June 10, 2010

Cardboard Canoe Race Returns with New Twist

Once again, the Jeff Baumann Annual Cardboard Canoe Race will be held during the Meadows Celebration. As in previous years, teams will have to assemble a seaworthy vessel using corrugated cardboard. This year, however, each team, consisting of between two and four people, will have the choice of constructing their crafts ahead of time or on-site the day of the event.

Those who wish to build their boats in advance can pick up two sheets of cardboard and a roll of packing tape at the DeWitt Township Hall. Additional tape and cardboard will not be supplied, but may be used. No other materials are allowed. After assembly, canoes should be brought to Granger Meadows Park the day of the event.

Participants who choose on-site building will be provided with cardboard, packing tape and a razor knife and will have half an hour to construct their boat using those materials.

Racing will be conducted in timed heats with the winners determined by the best time. Off-site builds and on-site builds will race in separate heats. The fun begins at 5:30 p.m., Friday, July 16, at the Koi Pond, with on-site boat building first and races to follow at 6 p.m.

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