ORONO, Maine — Clara White stood proudly beside a gleaming cardboard creation Thursday evening, eager to answer a question that hadn’t really been addressed as she, her sisters and her neighbors built the shark-themed canoe.
Will it float?
“I hope so,” the Orono 10-year-old said with a smile.
Only time would tell.
“How many rolls of duct tape?” local paddler Kellen Doyle asked as he walked past, checking out the 11 boats local children had created.
“About six,” Clara White said.
Doyle nodded in appreciation. “That’s commitment,” he said.
All around Brownie’s Park, creations sat high and dry as the young inventors waited to be summoned to the edge of the Stillwater River for a short race and subsequent buoyancy test.
The entrants in the cardboard canoe race had simple rules to abide by: The boat’s structural pieces could only be made of cardboard or duct tape. According to parents who showed up for the event, the local supply of duct tape had been pretty well picked over by Wednesday night, and the local bike shop had been busy handing out used bike boxes that would be turned into cardboard canoes.
John Holyoke has been enjoying himself in Maine's great outdoors since he was a kid. Today, he's the Outdoors editor for the BDN, a job that allows him to meet up with Maine outdoors enthusiasts in their...
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