Cardboard Boat Regatta

2018 Winners

The 12th annual Riverfest Regatta is an event where participants build their own boats using materials from a specified list and race them on the Cumberland River. 


The course is 100 yards long and boats will run in heats. The boat with the fastest time per division will be declared the winner.


Saturday, September 8, 2018

McGregor Park Boat Ramp


Check in begins at 11:30 am

Races begin at 1:00 pm


Don’t miss this spectacle – will they sink or swim?


Divisions include: adult, youth (with adult), civic/churches, businesses, and local government agencies.

Registration ends Wednesday, September 5, 2018.
Pre-registration is required. No walk ups or late entries will be accepted. 

Entry Fees

$10 per boat for Government

$15 per boat for Youth and Adult

$25 per boat for Businesses and Churches/Civic Organizations

Approved Materials

Cardboard Boats:

  • Cardboard (Tubes are ALLOWED)
  • Duct Tape
  • Silicone Sealant
  • Construction Adhesive
  • Paint


  • All boats/teams will be pre-judged prior to the racing competition. All awards will be announced and presented at the conclusion of the regatta.
  • Ship Shape Award: most creative boat design
  • Cardboard Queen Award: the prettiest boat in the regatta
  • Team unity Award: most spirited and most organized team (Looks don’t matter here!)
  • Team Attire Award: most creative team costumes
  • The Titanic Award: awarded to the most spectacular sinking of your vessel, all components of your boat must be recovered to qualify.
  • PLUS: First, second, and third place in all Divisions if your boat makes it across the finish line!!
  • City/County Departments:  Eligible for Awards and Special Cardboard Trophy ONLY.