LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The 26th Annual World Championship Cardboard Boat Race will be held today, July 28th, beginning at 10:00 a.m. at beautiful Sandy Beach in Heber Springs.
Contestants of all ages will race their boats made entirely of cardboard over a 500 foot course.
There will be both Youth and Adult divisions with three categories in each division: 1 & 2 person; team category consisting of 3 or more team members; and the mechanical division - boats still must be made of cardboard, but a mechanical devise such as bicycle style pedals can be used to propel them.
Racing will take place in heats, and the winners of the heats will then race against one another until a winner is proclaimed. Trophies will be given away for the top three finishers in each division. Boat registration begins at 8:00 a.m.
Even if you didn't make a boat, come on to the lake for a great day of family fun! Visit the teams and admire their boats while they are on shore, then cheer on your favorite as they race!
Enter the Watermelon Eating Contest beginning at 11:00 a.m. and the 2nd Annual Anne Pressley Memorial Celebrity Race. For the little ones, there is a Treasure Dig and other children's activities. Finally, for the beach set, there will be a 6-person Volleyball Tournament beginning at 10:00 a.m.
At the end of the boat racing competition, those remaining boats still floating will have an opportunity to vie for the Demolition Derby Award.
(Source: Heber Springs Area Chamber of Commerce)