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FRIDAY, JULY 13, 2018
Please join us for River Fest’s 4th Annual Cardboard Canoe Race hosted by
Yorkville Area Chamber of Commerce,
United City of Yorkville, and
Chicago Whitewater Association
Riverfront Park, 131 E Hydraulic, downtown Yorkville

Race 1: Build Off-Site ($10 per boat)
Launch Time 6pm

Are you handy and have family or coworkers who like to have fun? Do you love being outside and in the water? Would you like to call out another business or organization or “paddle it out” against your neighbors? Get your supplies ready to race the rapids in your very own cardboard canoe.

Race 2: Build On-Site ($15 per Boat)
On-Site Building 4-5:30pm, Launch Time 6:30pm
For those who missed the pre-event advertising or just didn’t want to commit, no panic! There will be time (1 ½ hour) onsite at the festival to build your creation to make it down the river with the kit supplied. (Supply limited – register early!)

Race 3: Float-Off
The top three of the first two races will paddle it out to see who really can keep it afloat.

CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS (Judges will rule on the interpretation of rules)


Materials Not Allowed

Life vests, helmets, and paddles will be supplied. Kids are welcome to participate (with parental permission).

Win Best of Show!

Festival guests will vote for the top 3 boats that “Float their Vote.”

Bring your boat to display early, giving guests time to vote for you!

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