Grab the Duct Tape and Cardboard and Get Ready for Roanoke’s 5th Annual Cardboard Boat Race

Summer is a time to revisit your childhood, get outdoors, and indulge in the simple things in life. For the past five years, the Stonewall Resort has celebrated this jovial spirit in the form of an annual cardboard boat race, where participants big and small try their hand at crafting and racing vessels constructed entirely of cardboard and duct tape. These boats aren’t an easy feat, as the contest requires teams to build boats that can hold at least 3 passengers afloat, who act as crewmates during the race.

How to Build the Perfect Cardboard Boat

While the building materials are the same, racers are encouraged to use their creativity to distinguish themselves from other teams. This can be done through the decoration of the boat and through themed team costumes. In terms of decorations, teams are allowed to stray from duct tape and cardboard as long as decorating materials are not used for floatation or structural purposes. In terms of costumes, your mind is the limit!

Details of the Race

Each year there are two classes of races, the Bass Class for 3 people and under, and the Muskey Class for 4 people and over. The course is 100 yards long, and prizes will be given to the top three finishers in each class. There will also be a trophy given to the Best Overall Design based on appearance and team spirit. This year’s race will take place on August 19th at the Stonewall Jackson Lake, coinciding with the Stonewall Jackson Triathlon.

A Great Event for All Ages

This event is a great way to spend the weekend with your family, friends and the local community as it brings out people of all ages from boys and girls clubs to longtime friends looking to make a splash. After the race, you can spend the day exploring the lake and surrounding areas or kick back in one of the Stonewall Resort’s 1920’s Adirondack-style cottages. Either way, with the backdrop of the woods and water, you’ll have plenty of time to soak in some R&R.

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