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Learn how to build a cardboard boat this Saturday–and then race it in August

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Planning is underway for the Belfast Harbor Fest, sponsored by the Belfast Rotary Club and scheduled for August 16 – 18 at Steamboat Landing and Heritage Park. The Launch Party is Friday night, August 16, sponsored by Three Tides and Marshall’s Wharf. On Saturday, August 17, the day starts with the Blueberry Pancake Breakfast, and the Bug Run 5K. The National Boat Building Competition, Come Boating! Regatta, Small Boat Display, music and children’s activities continue throughout the day.

On Sunday, August 18, is a new event, the Cardboard Boat Challenge, sponsored by Front Street Shipyard. It is the first Maine cardboard boat race held on Penobscot Bay in the Belfast Harbor. Everyone is invited to build a cardboard boat and join in the fun. There are five categories for participants to choose:

Individual Youth – ages 8 to 14 single occupant boat

Individual Adult – ages 15 and up single occupant boat

Team 1 – Youth groups of 2 or more up to age 14, e.g. Scout groups, camps, sport teams, youth organizations, etc.

Team 2 – Adult groups of 2 or more age 15 and up, e.g. Community, fraternal, sorority, sports teams, families, businesses

Family – at least one adult and one child under the age of 12

All the rules are on the Belfast Harbor Fest web site, www.belfastharborfest.com. The first rule is to have fun! Everyone is also required to wear a fastened Coast Guard approved personal flotation device (life jacket). All boats must be built of corrugated cardboard. Be sure to check the web site to see all the rules.

Wondering about how to begin to build a cardboard boat? There are two cardboard boat building schools scheduled to provide tips and tricks for building a cardboard boat. The first one is scheduled for Saturday, May 4, at 10 a.m. at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center. A second cardboard boat building school is on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 10 a.m. at the Hutchinson Center. Bring your creativity and sense of humor and get started on planning your boat.

There are many resources online as well on how to build a cardboard boat. Some of the funniest videos on You Tube are of other cardboard boat races around the country.

The Belfast Rotary Club challenges other community groups, businesses and youth groups to enter a cardboard boat in the Cardboard Boat Challenge! Entry fee is $10 per person for ages 14 and older. Register online at www.belfastharborfest.com (click on Cardboard Boat Challenge).

Mark your calendars to have fun at the Belfast Harbor Fest August 16-18, and start planning your cardboard boat!