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OTTAWA — Easter Seals of La Salle and Bureau Counties and Heritage Harbor Ottawa are excited to sponsor this year’s 2013 Cardboard Regatta on Sunday, Sept. 1 beginning at 10:30 a.m. Anyone may enter the contest up to the 10:30 a.m. deadline.
The Cardboard Regatta will be at Heritage Harbor and is open to participants ages 8 and up.
“Build your own cardboard boat and race against other teams to win the coveted Regatta Trophy! Or maybe win the Most Creative Design, the Easter Seals Spirit Award or even the trophy for The Most Spectacular Sinking! Or, if you prefer to stay on dry land, you can still race by ‘adopting’ a duck in the Duck Derby for a chance to win $500,” said Sally Honiotes, director of development for Easter Seals, in a press release.
Boats shall be designed to race with a two-person crew while the race must begin and end with the two-person crew intact. Entry forms can be picked up at Heritage Harbor, Easter Seals, Handy Foods, Financial Plus and SOCU. General fee ranges from $35-$45; nonprofit fee is $25.
“We are very grateful for Heritage Harbor’s ongoing support of Easter Seals of LaSalle & Bureau Counties,” Honiotes said. “This is a fun, family day. It will be a lot of fun and a bit challenging for folks to build and race a cardboard boat. We encourage school groups, scouts and even corporate teams to enter.”
The event begins with boat judging at 10:30 a.m. followed by the cardboard boat races at 1 p.m. Starting at noon, Stone Jug will serve barbecue ribs and “fixings,” with carry-outs also available, and Chris Farrell will play music at 2 p.m.
The fun doesn’t stop there. The Rubber Duck Derby is at 4 p.m. Ducks are one for $5 or six for $25 and all proceeds benefit Easter Seals.
For more information call Easter Seals at (815) 434-0857 or Heritage Harbor at (815) 433-5000. Rules and entry forms are available at Easter Seals, Heritage Harbor Ottawa, Financial Plus, Handy Foods and SOCU.
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