The fifth annual Cardboard Boat Regatta will be held Wednesday, July 4, at the Fourth of July Point (old lake Hillsboro), beginning at 11 a.m.
Last year, hundreds of spectators were at the beach for the regatta, watching the cardboard boat entries that took to the water. Some floated, while others sank, but a good time was had by everyone who participated in the annual event. This year, the event will be moved down the street by the Fourth of July stage, with plenty of spots to watch the regatta.
Sponsored by Imagine Hillsboro, the event is seeking participants of all ages to set sail on Lake Hillsboro this Independence Day. Teams of two will construct boats made out of cardboard and duct tape prior to race day, and put them to the test on old lake Hillsboro. The race will start and finish at the Fourth of July Point with two boats racing per heat. Participants ages 13 and up will make up the teams, which must have at least two on-board. There is no maximum width or length to the boat.
The regatta is open to all entries from businesses, schools, youth groups, families, groups of friends and non-profit organizations desiring to build an unsinkable cardboard craft.
Spectators can view the boats from 10:30 to 11 a.m., and the boats will launch at 11 a.m. Prizes will be awarded to the winners of the best time, most creative boat and best Titanic (sinking). Awards and prizes will be handed out at a ceremony immediately following the races.
Cost to enter is $25 by July 1 and will increase to $30 the day of the event. Pre-registration is recommended and is now available at Hillsboro City Hall and MCR Realty Professionals. A list of rules and regulations can also be found on the event's Facebook page.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Parks and Recreation Committee of Imagine Hillsboro.
For more information on the regatta, contact Zach Wygal at 217-556-4246.