World Championship Cardboard Boat Race Coming Soon To Greers Ferry Lake




The 25th Annual World Championship Cardboard Boat Race will be held Saturday, July 30, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Due to high lake levels, this year’s event will be held at Dam Site instead of the usual location at Sandy Beach.  Contestants of all ages will race their boats made entirely of cardboard over a 500 foot course. Let your imagination be your guide when designing your boat and costumes! The Captain’s Award will be given to the most creative team and boat.   Duct Tape is allowed on the seams, and yes, a one part glue solution can be used to help hold the boat together.  Paint your boat with an amazing design, just so it is a solution that does not harm the environment!  Yes, they can (well, many of them can) float. Some are engineering marvels, which can compete for the coveted Pride of the Fleet Award!   For those that don’t float, we do give the Titanic Award for the best and most dramatic sinking! The boats will be in all shapes and sizes.  There will be both Youth and Adult divisions with three categories in each division: 1 & 2 person; team category consisting of 3 or more team members; and the mechanical division – boats still must be made of cardboard, but a mechanical devise such as bicycle style pedals can be used to propel them.  Racing will take place in heats, and the winners of the heats will then race against one another until a winner is proclaimed.  For added fun this year, we will have a heat which features Little Rock Market television news personalities!  Trophies will be given away for the top three finishers in each division.  Boat registration begins at 8:00 a.m. Even if you don’t make a boat, come on to the lake for a great day of family fun!  Visit the teams and admire their boats while they are on shore, then cheer on your favorite as they race!  Enter our Watermelon Eating Contest beginning at 11:00 a.m.  For the little ones, there is a Treasure Dig and other children’s activities.  At the end of the boat racing competition, those remaining boats still floating will have an opportunity to vie for the Demolition Derby Award.For more information on this award winning event, contact the Heber Springs Area Chamber of Commerce at 501.362.2444 or visit the website at Sponsors for this event are:  Sonic- America’s Drive-In, Aromatique, Baptist Health Medical Center-Heber Springs, HARPS, Heber Springs State Bank, KFFB 106.1 FM, Red River Boating Center, XTO Energy, Payton Chevrolet, Buick, GMC,  First Arkansas Bank & Trust,  Heber Springs A&P Commission.

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