The Byron DDA is hosting its 2nd annual River Regatta Cardboard Boat Race on Saturday, July 8, immediately following the Byron Family Fun Day Parade that should end at 3 p.m. Cardboard boats will float approximately 200 yards down the Shiawassee River, starting at the Byron Sesquicentennial Park. There is a $25 entry fee per boat. Awards will include the “Fastest Time Award,” “Most Creative Award,” and the “Titanic Award” for the most dramatic sinking.

Registration begins at 1 p.m. by the river’s edge at the Byron Park. Judging of the boats’ creativity will take place at 2:30 p.m. Participants are encouraged to display their boats in the Byron Family Fun Day Parade at 2 p.m., which will end at the park. Boats sponsored by teams, groups, or clubs are highly encouraged.

Boats can only be made of cardboard, with tape, glue, paint, and/or rope. However, entire wrapping of the hull in tape of any kind, plastic, shrink-wrap, or any other material, is not allowed. Tape and other adhesives may only be used for seams, joints, or patches. Any thickness of corrugated cardboard is permitted, but waxed cardboard, carpet tubes, and barrels are not allowed. No metal, aluminum, plastic, styrofoam, fiberglass, staples, clamps, screws, or other materials will be allowed. One-part waterproofing substance or acrylic enamel is allowed. No two-part substances are allowed, such as epoxy glue, fiberglass, and certain varnishes. All boats must be human powered, and motors are not allowed. Standard canoe or kayak paddles can be used, but must be provided by participants.

Each boat may contain as many participants as desired. Participants under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Anyone 12 years old and younger must wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket. Participants under the age of 18 must have a liability waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian.

Byron River Regatta Announced was last modified: July 3rd, 2017 by Karen Elford