New Richmond, Ohio has a unique race that has been a summer tradition for over 20 years during the New Richmond RiverDays Celebration.
This was our first year attending the race. We arrived about 15 minutes early so that we could check out the creative boats before the race started.
There were 13 heats with different age categories.
Boat design definitely played a part in the success of getting to the finish line.
It was amazing to see how many people could successfully float in a boat made out of cardboard!
The following boat even had a smokestack and could blast water into the crowd.
Several boats didn’t make it to the finish line but their efforts were notable.
There was even a mechanical division that was a lot of fun to watch.
After the race, the boats that had not disintegrated in the water were brought to an area to be judged.
After the race, we visited the Cardboard Boat Museum that was a short distance on the main street that the festival was on.
This is the only cardboard boat museum in the world! There are displays of the boats of previous winners along with trophies and other memorabilia.
The Cardboard Boat Museum is located at 311 Front St., New Richmond, OH. Check the website for museum hours.
You can find out more about the Cardboard Boat Race Regatta from their website.