The third annual Crazy Cardboard Boat Regatta is scheduled to set sail once again at Voice of America Park in West Chester Township July 14. The event will take place from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. with racing beginning at noon.
Participants of the event can enter their boats into two different categories – “Need for Speed” or “Show Boat.” Various awards will be given to its participants including the Titanic (best sinking) award.
After the race is over, there will be new competition this year when remaining boats face off in a demolition derby to determine the last boat floating.
To cap off the night, the Jack Trigger band will perform from 5-to-9 p.m.
This year, all the profits from the event will go towards adding a handicapped accessible area to the VOA playground. MetroParks of Butler County is calling the fundraiser “Paddle with a Purpose.”
“MetroParks is excited to have this popular community event back for a third year. This is a great event whether you are building and paddling or watching and laughing from shore. ‘Paddle with a Purpose’ only adds to the excitement of this event,” said Susan Stretch, community relations chair for MetroParks.
“We hope to raise enough funds to add a section to the new playground that allows handicapped visitors the opportunity to have a great time at the park too.”
Inspiring “Paddle with a Purpose” is the event’s honorary grand marshal Scott Strickler, who won the People’s Choice Award at last year’s Regatta with his boat – the “SS Scooter.”
Strickler, who uses a wheelchair and requires assistance with the most basic of needs, was a passenger in a car accident that left him with severe brain damage in 2003.
Last summer, Strickler led a team of nurses, family and friends to build his boat.
For more information on how to register a boat and guidelines on boat building, or to be a sponsor, vendor or volunteer, visit www.yourmetroparks.net.