JAMESTOWN - The Arts Council for Chautauqua County and the Reg Lenna Civic Center are hosting a fun day of cardboard boat racing at McCrea Point to benefit the organizations.
On Saturday starting at 9:30 a.m., teams will be able to register to compete in Chautauqua Lake's outlet for fastest time, most creative design, crowd favorite and most dramatic sinking. Teams compete in the following age brackets; adult (18 and over), teen (13-17) and youth (8-12). The display and judging of the boats begins at 10 a.m. and the first race launches at noon. Admission is free for spectators.
Racing participants will construct a human-powered boat made of corrugated cardboard or 100 percent recycled materials, that will hold at least one crew member and be seaworthy enough to race a short distance in the outlet. Racers must construct their boats ahead of time and everyone is encouraged to let their imaginations run wild by putting considerable artistic flair into both boats and costumes.
As artistic organizations, the Art Council and Civic Center hope to see dragon boats, cartoon cars and pirate ships all appearing at the starting line Saturday.
A list of rules, registration forms and hints to get started with your boat building are available at www.artscouncil.com or by calling 397-1360.
Registrations forms and fees can be dropped off at the Reg Lenna Civic Center Box Office Tuesday through Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. or mailed to the Reg Lenna Civic Center Box Office at 116 East Third St., Jamestown. The entry fee per team is $40.
During race preparations, there will be music, food, drinks, games and plenty of photo opportunities in a fun-filled day for all.