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Lakeland Cardboard Boat Challenge Takes Place October 14 - City News Blog

WHO:              Lakes Education/Action Drive and the City of Lakeland

WHAT:            18th Annual Cardboard Boat Race & Lakes Festival

WHERE:           Lake Hollingsworth Public Boat Ramp

WHEN:            Saturday, October 14, 2023

WHY:               Raise awareness of Polk County Lakes

LAKELAND, FL (September 21, 2023) | The 18th Annual Cardboard Boat Challenge and Lakes Festival will take place on Saturday, October 14, 2023, at the Lake Hollingsworth Boat Ramp located at 920 Lake Hollingsworth Drive. The Lakeland Education/Action Drive and the City of Lakeland is hosting the event to raise awareness for area lakes.

The cardboard boat challenge is a great team building and family friendly event.  The challenge is to design, construct and race a boat made of cardboard around a marked course on Lake Hollingsworth.  There are several ways for boat builders to participate including pre-built, on-site built, corporate, community, family, and youth categories.

Event Registration & Building Schedule

8 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.                   On-site Built Registration

8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.                 Onsite Cardboard Boat Building

9:00 a.m.  – 9:30 a.m.             Pre-built Boat Registration

10:00 a.m.                              Cardboard Boat Race Starts!

There will be live music provided by the Sofa Kings who will be playing on their party barge, pontoon boat.  Several environmental exhibits and food vendors will be on site, adding to the festive atmosphere. Please visit https://lakeseducation.org/events-page/ to register and learn more about the event.


Kevin Cook
Director of Communications
City of Lakeland

About Lakeland

The City of Lakeland was incorporated in January 1885 and has grown to become one of the largest inland communities in Florida.  With a current population of over 100,000 Lakeland continues to grow. It has been designated a Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area by the US Census Bureau for over 30 years.  With tourist attractions and gulf beaches only an hour away, Lakeland continues to capitalize on its ideal central Florida location along the I-4 corridor.  The City owns and operates Lakeland Electric, the third largest publicly owned utility in Florida and it was one of the first to offer power in the Sunshine State over 115 years ago. 

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