Here in Southwest Washington, being so close to Portland, OR we often hear “Keep Portland Weird.” While we love all the weirdness that Portland has to offer we bring a different form of weird to the table once the “Go 4th Festival” comes to town. The Cardboard Regatta is something unique and weird that Longview offers its citizens and visitors to enjoy during the summer. This makes the sixth year for the race which takes place on July 2nd from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Lake Sacajawea. The boats are man-powered no motors to help push them to the finish line. The theme for this year’s race is Sports so pack up your best sportswear and get ready for a fun-filled evening. Personally, I can’t wait to see what type of boats will be racing this year.
What is a large part of what makes these boats float? Cardboard as the name suggests. The entire hull of the boat is made entirely of cardboard! You can use some tape to hold the cardboard together but the boat cannot be wrapped in anything such as plastic, tape or anything else. Cardboard is provided by one of our local mills in Longview. Kapstone Paper provides the contestants with free cardboard for their boats. The first chance to get the free cardboard is on May 17th from 10 am to 2 pm at the National Guard Armory on Vandercook Way in Longview. The course is 200 yards long and the boat must be able to complete the course three times or otherwise, the contestants will be taking a nice long swim back to shore.
You can register up until June 20th by contacting Joel Hanson from KLOG-KUKN-WAVE by phone at 360-636-0110 or by email at Joel@klog.com and have on hand your captain’s name, phone number, and email. This is a fun event for everyone to watch and or participate in. Don’t forget if you would like to keep informed with the latest information on the races to give them a like on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LongviewCardboardBoatRegatta. This is just another hidden treasure that makes our community what it is.