Friday, June 14, 2013

Get Your Team Together for the Cardboard Canoe Race!

Each year at the Meadows Celebration, one of the most popular events is the Jeff Baumann Cardboard Canoe Race. Spectators and competitors alike enjoy the healthy competition.

Teams have the choice of constructing their crafts ahead of time or on-site the day of the event. Watercraft are constructed using cardboard and packing tape alone, and the challenge is to see whose boat will remain intact and allow them to finish the race before competitors.

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

Racing is conducted in timed heats with the winners determined by the best time. Off-site builds and on-site builds will race in separate heats.

This year, for the first time, boats that sink will receive a two-minute time penalty. This change was made to give competitors more incentive to build a seaworthy craft, as well as to solve the issue of those whose boats sink swimming to shore to beat those who actually stay in their boats and paddle or the entire race.

The fun begins at 6 p.m., Friday, July 19, 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.

Each team must contain at least one member who is 18 years of age or older. Individuals paddling the boats must be at least 15 years old (and must have a parental waiver if under 18).

The competition is limited to the first 20 teams and registration by July 5 is strongly recommended.

Cardboard Canoe Race Registration Form

Cardboard Canoe Race Parental Waiver

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