Second Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta Set For Aug. 3 At McCrea Point

Arts Council and Reg Lenna Civic Center have teamed up to host their second annual Cardboard Boat Regatta this August.

The event will be held at McCrea Point on Saturday, Aug. 3, with registration at 9:30 a.m. and races starting at noon. It will include music, food and a judge-assessed boat race. Proceeds will benefit the both organizations which are merging together to form The Reg Lenna Center For The Arts.

Teams will construct a human-powered boat made of corrugated cardboard donated by Jamestown Container that must hold at least one crew member and must be seaworthy enough to race a short distance. Boats must be constructed in advance of the event, and participants are encouraged to let their imaginations run wild by putting considerable artistic flair into both boats and costumes.

Teams will be competing for the fastest time, most creative design and most dramatic sinking. Spectators will also be able to participate in the judging process by choosing a crowd favorite. The following age brackets will be used during the competition: adult (18 plus), teen (13 to 17) and youth (8 to 12). Upon registration, competitors may pick up cardboard donated by Jamestown Container at Arts Council For Chautauqua County, 116 E. Third St.

Registration forms are available at Arts Council and Reg Lenna Civic Center and can be emailed to interested parties. Fees can be dropped off or mailed to the Reg Lenna. The entry fee per team is $40. Registration, boat-building guidelines and donation and sponsorship information are available at artscouncil.com.

Donations will also be accepted at the event. For more information call 397-1360 or 664-2465, ext. 227, or email lbarry@artscouncil.com.