Cardboard Regatta

SAND CREEK festival, inc. PRESENTS

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sand creek cardboard Regatta


Saturday, August 15, 2020
10:00 am — 1:00 pm

Once again the battle of Sand Creek cardboard supremacy is on, and again, it won’t cost you a dime! Anyone can build a cardboard boat, but can you build a seaworthy vessel in ninety minutes with cardboard, two pool noodles, a roll of duct tape and a knife? Can your craft beat out all the other boats in a mad dash in the Newton public pool? OR… can you build a boat that will stay afloat?

This is the ultimate in “green” transportation! Bring a team, your family, or even your workmates and work in unison to create the cardboard boat of your dreams… or your foes nightmares! Who cares if your boat sinks or not, there’s an award for that! Remember, that this year, TWO may captain the boat if you choose. Enjoy the possibility and excitement of being the fastest cardboard boat on the water!

Because of last year’s success, this event will be held in the public swimming pool in Athletic Park. Life jackets are still required and there will be no peeing in the pool!

Entry Fee – $0.00

There is no stinking entry fee! This is free to all teams interested. BUT, you must have purchased a button to get into the festival in order to build a boat. To sign up, click the register button above and show up in Area 2 of the festival before 9:30.


Fastest Boat – Be the first to finish

Best Design – Make that boat the best looking our there

Most Spectacular Sinking – Speaking of Titanic…

Best Team Concept – Dress the part, act the part, create the part… you get it!


9:00 AM – Registration Begins at Park Gazebo
10:00 AM – Building Begins
11:30 AM – Parade to the Public Pool
12:00 PM – Preliminary Judging and Regatta Begins



• Build a boat in 90 minutes or less with cardboard, utility knife, duct tape and pool noodles. Team awards will be given for Best Design, Best Team Concept, Most Spectacular Sinking and Fastest Time.

• Rules & Regulations

1. You can only use the tools and supplies provided

– Cardboard
– Roll of duct tape
– Two pool noodles
– Box cutter (used by adult ONLY)

2. Teams may start building at the start of the horn & end at the final long horn sound. The burst of three horn blasts designates 15 minutes remaining.

3. You may bring & use spray paint or decorative accessories if they don’t add buoyancy or help with the overall flotation of the boat.
– Check with event representative in gazebo before using
– Unauthorized material will result in immediate disqualification.

4. Time limit of one hour and thirty minutes.

5. There will be NO team size limit, but only two team members (or less) will be allowed to captain (ride in) the boat.

6. Boat riders must be 14 or older.

7. Captains MUST wear an approved flotation device


9. Riders must be in an upright position (seated or kneeling) to pilot the boat.

10. Oars, sails or other steering/propelling devices must be made from initial materials given.

11. If the captain has half his body under water or is floating by use of his vest, they are considered sunk.

Entering Water

1. The rider(s) will enter the water on the swimming pools south side and may use the help of teammates.

2. Your teammates have to let go once the starting horn blows.

3. An official will signal when each team has finished the race.

Tips to Having a FUN the Regatta

• Develop a great theme from a movie, a real life event, a song, a cartoon, etc.

• Dress the part! Not only the boat, but yourselves. You have a chance to win Best Float Design, Best Theme & Craziest Crew!

• Have fun during the parade. Sing, dance, or act your theme out. La La Land style

• Decorate your boat with flare!