Stonewall Resort is calling all captains to participate in the first-ever cardboard boat race, which will take place Saturday, Aug. 17 on Stonewall Jackson Lake. The race is being presented by the Stonewall State Park Foundation and the Stonewall Jackson Lake Boaters Association, resort officials announced.
Samantha Norris, community outreach director at Stonewall Resort, said, "Gather your crew, build your cardboard boat and join us on Stonewall Jackson Lake for this unique and fun event."
Norris said teams are to construct their vessels out of cardboard, following the rules on the registration form. On race day, teams are to have their "boats" at the launch site by 9 a.m. The launch site is located behind the picnic pavilion near the Roanoke Activity Plaza in Stonewall Resort State Park. The race begins at 9:30 a.m.
Trophies will be awarded for first through third places, for best overall design and also for the most spectacular sinking. There is a $10 fee per boat and all boat crews will receive a T-shirt.
For event rules and registration, please visit stonewallresort.com and click on the "Calendar of Events" tab or call the marina at 304-269-8895. To ensure the desired T-shirt size, participants are encouraged to register by or before Aug. 9. There will be late registration at 8 a.m. the day of the event at the Roanoke Activity Plaza. All registered participants must meet at the Roanoke Activity Plaza no later than 9 a.m.
Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult in the boat.
"This will be a great event for participants and spectators and we encourage all groups - Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, school groups, 4-H groups and others - to register and compete in the race," Norris said.