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posted: 8/16/2012 8:29 AM

Win gold Sunday at Fox Lake's annual Cardboard Boat Race

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  • Tennis rackets were used as oars during last year's Fox Lake Cardboard Cup Regatta at Lakefront Park.

       Tennis rackets were used as oars during last year's Fox Lake Cardboard Cup Regatta at Lakefront Park.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer, 20

  • Kim Sufin of Ingleside paddles through the course during last year's Fox Lake Cardboard Cup Regatta.

       Kim Sufin of Ingleside paddles through the course during last year's Fox Lake Cardboard Cup Regatta.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer, 20

 
 

People can race for the gold (plated) medal during the 15th annual cardboard boat race Sunday in Fox Lake, officials said.

The annual event kicks off at 8 a.m. with registration and on-site boat building at Lakefront Park, 71 Nippersink Drive, officials said.

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Boats also can be built off-site, though the $30 registration fee still applies, officials said.

Three categories are represented in the events: children 10 and younger; children ages 11 to 14; and adults.

All boats must be made out of materials provided in boat building kits distributed before the event. Cardboard, duct tape and paint are the only materials allowed under the rules.

Participants are also required to bring their own life preservers and oars for their boats.

Race time for all boats kicks off at noon, with medals awarded for the fastest time for boats built on-site, fastest time for off-site boats, and most creative on- and off-site vessels, among others.

The fastest sinking boat will also win a medal, village officials said.

In years past, people attending the event have wowed spectators with some of their creations, including a replica of the Titanic, a beer truck, and a large floating island.

The event is expected to end about 2 p.m., when awards will be given out to participants.

For more information about the event, visit foxlake.org, or contact the village parks and recreation department at (847) 587-2151.

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