"America's Business Center"
Junction City Chamber of Commerce
222 W Sixth St., PO Box 26
Junction City, KS 66441
"To promote community and ensure a thriving environment in the Junction City Region"
Float Your Boat...
& Other Fun Races!
Saturday, August 12
The Junction City Area Chamber of Commerce and Young Professionals of Junction City has planned a full day of activities on Saturday, August 12th. To kick off the day, meet at Dedication Point on Milford Lake at 8 a.m. as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Milford Lake Dam with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in a special ceremony. Next, head below the dam to the Gather Pond, where the rest of the days activities will take place, including a 5K run/walk, a Bicycle race to compete for $4,000 prize money, and the 7th year of Float Your Boat Cardboard Boat Races!
Float Your Boat - Are you ready to "Rock the Boat"? Build a boat out of only cardboard and duct tape that is capable of holding at least two people, which can be launched and paddles on a set course and you could win! Anyone can build a boat, but we hope it floats! No entry fee, just show up with your team and your boat! See details below for rules and regulations.
5K Run/ Walk - Enjoy the scenic views of the gathering pond and river walk trail as you complete the race! This will be on a wide trail and pavement, and the route will be clearly marked along the way. More details to be announced.
Float Your Boat Rules & Regulations
Racing Divisions: Family, Teen, Open and Extreme
No Pre-Registration Required - Just show up with your team and your boat!
1. Time on Site
All boats must be on site between 11:00 a.m. and Noon. Boats will be on display for public viewing and judging will be done. Team members are responsible for the security and safety of their boat. Racing begins at 2:00 p.m.
All occupants of the boat MUST wear life jackets and must wear them properly. Any team member not wearing a life jacket will cause the boat and all team members to be disqualified. Teams are responsible for bringing life jackets. A few life jackets will be available for loaners.
3. Boat Materials
The boat will consist of only cardboard and duct tape/packaging tape. Any type of cardboard is allowed. All types of duct tapes are allowed. NO OTHER MATERIALS CAN BE USED. NO WATER SOLUBLE PAINTS.
Boats can only be raced in one division, with the exception of the Family Division. In the Family Division, different family members are allowed to race their boat as long as they race in the Family Division. Boats are not allowed to be raced in multiple divisions.
Teams consist of two persons per boat, except for the Extreme Division, which can be between four and six persons.
6. Division Guidelines
Family: At least one person in the boat must be over 18 years of age. Teams in the Family Division must be related, guardian, Big Brother/Big Sister or temporary custody.
Teen: No person can be in the boat under 13 years of age or over 18 years of age.
Open: Open to all, though one person in the boat must be 18 years of age.
Extreme: All persons must be over 18 years of age and have at least four persons in the boat. In this division, teams can have up to six persons in the boat.
7. Boat Design
Rafts are NOT allowed. All boats must have front, rear and side walls of at least 18 inches. Walls do not have to be straight vertical. No minimum length of boat, though maximum is 18 feet. All boat occupants must be visible while in the boat racing.
No Fred Flintstone type of boat allowed. Boats must be powered by paddles/oars only. Legs and feet are not allowed for propulsion. No wind/solar power devices. No engines. ONLY ROWING WITH PADDLES/OARS ALLOWED. Teams are allowed to use any type of paddles or oars. No team member can lay on back or stomach while racing.
To qualify in racing, all team members must be in the boat when crossing the finish line. Boats are racing against the clock.
10. Post Race
Each team member must assist in the removal of their boat after racing. Boats must be removed from the water.
Boats will be judged on design, quality of construction, aesthetics, floating in water when empty, floating in water with one person in the boat, floating in water with entire team in the boat, and time of race