JAMESTOWN - The Arts Council for Chautauqua County and the Reg Lenna Civic Center are hosting a fun day of cardboard boat racing at McCrea Point to benefit their organizations.
On Saturday, Aug. 18, starting at 9:30 a.m., teams will be registering to compete in Chautauqua Lake's outlet for fastest time, most creative design, crowd favorite and most dramatic sinking. Teams compete in the following age brackets: adults 18 and up; teens 13 to 17; and youth 8 to 12. The display and judging of boats begins at 10 a.m., and the first race launches at noon. Admission is free for spectators.
Racing participants will construct a "human-powered" boat made of corrugated cardboard or 100 percent recycled materials which will hold at least one crew member and be "seaworthy" enough to race a short distance in the outlet. Racers must construct their boats ahead of time and everyone is encouraged to let their imaginations run wild by putting considerable artistic flair into both boats and costumes. Artistic organizations hope to see dragon boats, cartoon cars and pirate ships all appearing at the starting line on Aug. 18.
A list of rules, registration forms and hints to get started with boat building are available at www.artscouncil.com or by calling 397-1360. Registration forms and fees can be dropped off at the Reg; Lenna Civic Center Box office Tuesdays through Fridays from 1 to 5 p.m., or mailed to the Reg Lenna Civic Center Box Office at 116 East 3rd Street, Jamestown, N.Y. The entry fee per team is $40. Early registration is encouraged.
During race preparations, there will be music playing, plenty of food and drink, games and terrific photo opportunities in a fun-filled day for all. Individuals, families, groups, businesses and school teams are encouraged to race. Whether attending as a crew member, captain or an on-shore spectator, the day promises to be one never to forget. Come celebrate a day of creative boat building by watching dozens of brave mariners negotiate the outlet each hoping to avoid a soggy sinking feeling along the way.