It is finally time for the greatly-anticipated Second Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta at Rough River Lake.
The event, which features a flotilla of creatively decorated homemade boats, will kick off on Saturday, June 22 at 11 a.m. at the North Fork Campground Beach.
Last year’s event was the first of its kind locally and drew a crowd of approximately 200 spectators, according to Adam VanZant, with the US Army Corps of Engineers.
VanZant said that those wishing to view this year’s race may watch from the shore or from boats.
Organizers with the Corps and Friends of Rough River Lake expect the number of boats entered to expand this year from last year’s approximately nine entrants.
Those wishing to enter a boat into the competition can sign up ahead of time by contacting the US Army Corps of Engineers at 270-257-2061 or on the day of the event between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. and can expect to be judged in three different categories: overall best decorated, most entertaining group, and Titanic (most likely to sink).
First place trophies will also be awarded in the following categories: school, civic or scout group; parent and child; ages 16-49; and age 50 and over.
All participating boats must be built entirely from cardboard, and the cardboard may not be bonded to any other material. Only the joints and seams may be taped or glued.
Boats may not exceed 16 feet in length, and may be paddled with oars but no motors of flippers are allowed. Lifejackets will be required for anyone riding in a cardboard boat.
All boats will be inspected prior to racing to ensure that they comply with the rules. For additional information on rules and regulations, feel free to call the Corps at the number listed above.
Registration costs $15 per boat prior to Thursday, June 20, and $25 per boat after that date.
In addition to Saturday’s regatta, VanZant said that Rough River Lake is always hosting something fun for visitors. Some other upcoming events include the Rumble Over Rough fireworks show on Saturday, July 6 and the third annual “Dam” Triathlon on Saturday, August 10.