Thursday, June 30, 2011

Get Your Team Together for the Cardboard Canoe Race!

The Jeff Baumann Cardboard Canoe Race is always one of the Meadows Celebration's most popular activities, and this year will be no exception. Seeing the creativity and innovation of the participants in their eclectic designs is almost as much fun as watching them race across the Koi Pond. The race brings lots of excitement, as inevitably some boats make it to the finish line intact, while others are towed behind swimmers, having fallen apart along the way.

Again this year, teams are encouraged to build their crafts ahead of time or on-site the day of the event.

Off-site teams 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. (Please call the Township at 517-668-0270 before picking up your supplies to ensure they are ready when you arrive.)

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 6 p.m., Friday, July 15, at the east park parking lot. After on-site building, all teams will transport their boats to the Koi Pond for the races at 6:30 p.m.

Creativity will also win the contestants some points. The team with the most creative canoe will win a prize.

Participation in the Cardboard Canoe Race is limited to the first 20 teams and registration by July 8 is strongly recommended.

The Cardboard Canoe Race is made possible by sponsorship from Loretta Spinrad, Coldwell Banker Hubbell Briarwood.

Click here for a complete list of rules and a registration form.

View videos from last year's competition:

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