Raquette Lake Cardboard Box Derby

Winners Rochester Team Number 3 Holding up their prizes

2nd Place Team - The Eminators - before the race


The Town of Long Lake hosted Cardboard Box Derby Races in Raquette Lake on Saturday, August 7, 2010. Nine Teams participated in building their creations out of cardboard procured from top secret area locations. Event organizer Amanda Helms takes great pride in using recycled material for these ingenious family oriented, fun races.

Work begins on the winning boat

The rules are simple. Sign up as a team and all members sign a waiver. The team creates a box boat using only cardboard and duct tape. The cardboard arrived via a Long Lake Town Parks and Recreation vehicle around 3:15pm and the teams began their job.

Once the boats were created, one member, usually the lightest, takes the captain’s seat. Life jackets are recommended and the Golden Beach Lifeguards were on duty near the boats if one was submerged.

Opponents gathered and the race began. In Raquette Lake the floating lasted over 30 minutes out racing Long Lake’s first foray back on July 16th by twenty five minutes. Thirty minutes is a well designed masterpiece and team Rochester #3 won. They won a free Boat Rental from Burke’s Marina and a T-shirt from Raquette Lake Supply. Coming in second was “The Eminator” Team # 6. They received a gift certificate for $25 from the Tap Room (unfortunately the original gift certificate creation was swallowed up by Raquette Lake and Amanda Helms had to recreate the gift certificate on site with a piece of lined notebook paper she conveniently had available on her clipboard.) The second place team also scored a tour for two of Great Camp Sagamore.

The next Cardboard Boat Races will be on Friday evening, August 14th at the Long Lake Town Beach. The event starts at 4pm. Races are slated for 6:30pm. Live Music by the Horseshoe Lounge Playboys. See you there!

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