Grab Anything that Floats and Paddle Down to Key Largo’s Crazy Race

By: Lauren Tjaden

ADD TO FAVORITES

Now this smells like fun to me!

The Anything that Floats Race, Regatta, and Fireworks is paddling into Key Largo (Blackwater Sound, mile marker 104, bayside) Aug. 19-20, 2011, promising a plethora of funky, family-friendly fun.

Here’s how it works. You make a homemade vessel out of stuff that you can find around your house, grab your oars and splash on down to the festival. Suggested materials for building your – umm, thing-that-hopefully-floats include:

·    Cardboard
·    Wood
·    PVC
·    Duct Tape
·    Milk Jugs
·    Five Gallon Buckets
·    Saran Wrap
·    Old T-Shirts
·    Outdoor Furniture
·    Pool Noodles

Which begs the question: What can’t you use? Now, that list is considerable shorter. No motors, inflatable rafts, foam or pool toys are allowed.

Prizes will be awarded for:

·    Fastest two-person, four-person or unlimited teams
·    Best decorated boat under 18 feet; best decorated boat over 18 feet
·    Best looking crew (in costumes)
·    Best hard luck story

If you don’t want to enter the race, you can join the regatta on Blackwater Sound or cheer on your favorite team from land.  At sunset, enjoy live tunes from local bands. The evening sparkles to a close with fireworks over the water.

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