Does cardboard float? It does in River Legacy's 30th annual Cardboard Boat Regatta scheduled for Saturday, April 13 at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor! Participants build boats entirely out of cardboard and then race their cardboard crafts in this fun and creative community fundraiser for River Legacy Foundation.
Boat registration deadline is April 1 to set sail in this wet and wild event. Registration fees range from $55 to $90 and include admission tickets.
River Legacy's Regatta challenges creative boat builders of all ages to build, navigate, and float (or sink!) their corrugated cardboard creations in Hurricane Harbor's Wave Pool. Many trophies and bragging rights are on the line, including the Steve Calloway Legacy Award for Best of Show, the Rah Rah! Award for most spirited crew, and the Titanic Award for most spectacular sinking. Participating high schools compete for school spirit and bragging rights for the High School Challenge trophy.
"Many area schools use the Regatta as a hands-on math and science lesson and then get to reap the rewards of their handiwork on event day and possibly even bring back a trophy," said Kristi Payne, River Legacy Marketing/Media Manager.
Whether building and racing a boat or just coming to cheer, there are plenty of activities for the whole crew to enjoy. NEW this year will be the opportunity to listen to some great music while relaxing and splashing in the Splashwater Beach area of Hurricane Harbor! "We are excited to announce that Arlington's very own Luke Chacko and up and coming performers from Young Stars and Guitars will be performing on the Splashwater Beach stage," Payne said. "Splashwater Beach and the live entertainment are free for our guests to enjoy."
Children can participate in their own Mini-Boat "Raingutter" Regatta in our Children's Area. During the Mini-Boat Regatta, children ages 4 to 12 sail their mini pinewood boats to victory by blowing them down a rain gutter. Mini-Boat pinewood kits can be purchased at River Legacy Living Science Center. Cost to enter the Mini-Boat Regatta is just $5. The Children's Area also includes fun activities such as Hula Hoop and Limbo contests and bubble play.
Other event-day activities include a chance to get in on the boat-racing action with Build-on-Site boats; Whale Sail for a chance to win fabulous prizes; and concessions. Advance purchase Regatta admission tickets will be on sale through April 12 at River Legacy Living Science Center for just $6. Event-day tickets are $8 at the gate. Hurricane Harbor is not open to the public and rides will not be available, so season passes are not valid admission for this event.
The Cardboard Boat Regatta is a fundraising event presented by River Legacy Foundation and the Arlington Parks and Recreation Department. Proceeds from the event benefit the educational programs of River Legacy Living Science Center and River Legacy Park. Event sponsors are Baylor Scott & White Orthopedic & Spine Hospital, SA-SO, Viridian, Harris Packaging, Westlake Ace Hardware, Randol Mill Pharmacy, Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, Pratt Industries, Navy Federal Credit Union and Smurfit Kappa.
To register or for more information about the 30th annual Cardboard Boat Regatta, call 817.860.6752, ext. 107, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.riverlegacy.org.