May 03, 2017

Cardboard Boat Regatta set for Saturday

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The 44th annual Great Cardboard Boat Regatta, rescheduled due to inclement weather, is now set for Saturday, May 6, at Evergreen Park’s Carbondale Reservoir boat launch.

The Southern Illinois University Carbondale tradition begins with boat registration and inspection at 10 a.m. and racing starts at 1 p.m. Everyone is welcome, whether as a contestant or spectator.

Advance entry is $15 or enter on race day for $20. Cardboard is still available in the chemistry department, located in the Neckers Building on campus. Instant boat kits will be available on the day of the regatta on a first-come basis.

Additional information and online registration is available on the Great Cardboard Boat Regatta Facebook Page. Or, contact Mary Kinsel at 618/453-6428 or

Sponsors of the 2017 regatta include SIU’s professional chemistry fraternity, Alpha Chi Sigma, along with SIU, the Carbondale Park District and the City of Carbondale.