Pierre-Fort Pierre Exchange Club Holds First Cardboard Boat Regatta

Entry for 2014 Exchange Club's Oahe Days Boat Regatta


PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) This year’s Oahe Days has been deemed another success by event organizers. Crowds filled Steamboat Park throughout the weekend, taking in the various activities, bands and vendors from Friday through yesterday.

One new event added to the weekend this year was the Oahe Days Cardboard Boat Regatta. The race was set up by the Pierre-Fort Pierre Exchange Club. A total of nine cardboard boats were involved in the race, which started at the Causeway and traveled toward the Legion Cabin. Of the nine entries, six of the cardboard boats stayed afloat and the entry that reached the finish line first was “Penalty Box”-a cardboard craft with a hockey theme. Second to the finish line was the Pierre Fire and Rescue Department’s “Engine 5″.

Judges determined the winners of five different categories. The “Pride of the Regatta” award went to the Pierre Fire Department’s Engine 5 and team members Anna McCarthy, Sara VanDusseldorp and Zach Merril. The “Best Costume Award” went to an entry called SS Minnow II-from Dina and Nicole Brooks. The “Team Spirit” Award was given to Space Aliens and Nathan Shoup, Nick Loe and Caleb Huizenga. Named the “Best Buoyant” award winner was Mr. Narwhal-made up by Alan Haarstad and Matt Gill. The entry Elegantly Wasted won the “Titanic” award and the team members were Jana and Patrick Hirth. The winners of the five categories received several prizes.

Organizers also indicate that the Exchange Club raised about $505 between registration fees and funds provided through votes. Race viewers had the chance to give a donation of $1.00 and choose their favorite boat. All funds raised are donated back to local youth through scholarships and donations given to young people and local charities.

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