Cardboard Boat Regatta Competition Coming Up In Muskogee

Wednesday, August 26th 2009, 5:19 pm
By: News On 6

By Rick Wells, The News On 6

MUCKOGEE, OK -- Get some cardboard, add lots of glue and duct tape, mix in a little imagination and you could be the winner of the Cardboard Boat Regatta at Three Forks Harbor in Muskogee.

Muskogee Parks Director Mark Wilkerson showed off a couple of the entries in this weekend's big cardboard regatta. One is called the lizard

"Actually it's off to see the lizard," said Mark Wilkerson, Muskogee Parks and Recreation. "You know the Jimmy Buffet song?"

The idea is Mark and his team will paddle the boat the 100 yards to the finish line.

"Actually these sides come off. You can see the cardboard there folded up, glue, and Elmer's glue, some duct tape," said Wilkerson.

The boats are also equipped with life vests.

The Lizard is a pretty imposing character. They can take the head off to make it more aerodynamic.

"Then we're gonna show our teeth," said Wilkerson.

Mark has two boats in the backyard. The Lizard and another one his son and some friends are building. All of the boats started out as several sheets of cardboard.

The event is a fundraiser for the Exchange Club Charities in Muskogee. It's getting bigger each year.

"We'll have a few special races," said Wilkerson.

The banks will compete for a paddle trophy. Several 4-H clubs are racing, the Cherokee and Creek Nation Casinos each have an entry. The good news for non competitors -- there are hats for sale.

It's not too late to get in on the action, check out the regatta website.