Regatta 2017-06-21T14:37:32+00:00

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What is it?

We know that the folks at Smith Mountain Lake and the surrounding area love to have a good time. This is why we at the Chamber of Commerce and Skelton 4-H Center have gotten together to plan a race between boats made entirely of cardboard to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the lake that brings us together and drives our recreation.

The Cardboard Boat Regatta & Picnic Jamboree will be two days of fun, but the real work begins in March! Your team will register and pick up your starter packet of cardboard and start building your boat. On Friday, July 29, your boat goes on display for judging and viewing, and you will join us for a concert and food truck picnic at the Center! The next day is when the true test comes, though… The blast of the airhorn at 11:00am on Saturday, July 30 will begin the race to determine the winner!
Think you have what it takes? Take a peek at the rules below and return to this site in March 2016 to get your boat in the races!

Schedule of Events (tentative)

Friday, July 29, 2016
5:00 pm Boats will be available to view at the 4-H Center
7:00 pm Picnic Jamboree Concert Begins

Saturday, July 30, 2016
9:00 am Volunteers begin checking in boats
11:00 am Qualifying Heats begin
2:00 pm Final Heats for the win!

Other races, other places:
Springfield, VA “Lake Accotink Days”: http://www.springfielddays.com/home/cardboard-boat-regatta/
Watkins Glen, NY “The Waterfront Festival”: http://www.thewaterfrontfestival.com/cardboard_boat_regatta.php
Cape Coral, FL “Cape Coral Regatta”: http://www.capecoralregatta.com/