The fourth annual Float Your Boat for the Food Bank is right on around the corner. The cardboard boat race will be held April 25 at the Bass Pro Shops Lake, in Columbia.
Float Your Boat, is sponsored and organized by the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri and University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. The proceeds from the fundraiser go to the Food Bank.
Last year’s proceeds helped provide almost 200,000 meals to those in need right here in Missouri. Overall, the past three races have raised more than $41,000 in sponsorships and donations.
Around 50 boats raced during the 2014 Float Your Boat. Some of the different boat designs from last year included an Easter basket, hotdog, and corncob.
Student organizations, community members, families and local businesses put together their own boats. The only materials allowed to build the boats are cardboard, duct tape, and glue.
Unfortunately, not every boat successfully floats. One group that is hoping for a successful year at the 2015 Float Your Boat, is MU’s Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow chapter.
Ashley Craft a member of the ACT team has high hopes.
“We are optimistic that this year we will actually float! Last year, no sooner did our team get a foot in the boat and we went down.”
The ACT chapter has been hard at work improving their boat for this year’s event.
“Our theme is the Floatin’ Funny Farm and we’re encouraging supporters to dress up in plaid or as a farm animal this coming Saturday,” Craft said.
“Not only will our supporters enjoy seeing us race, but it’s really just a great day seeing the Columbia community and Mizzou community come together to support the Food Bank of Northeast and Central Missouri.”
This is Craft’s second year helping construct ACT’s boat.
“Sink or float, I’ve just enjoyed getting to spend time with my friends while supporting a great cause,” Craft explained.
A timeline for Saturday’s event are as follows:
- 9 to 10:30 a.m. — Boat check-in
- 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Food concessions and free games
- 11 a.m. — Short course (ages 8-14) begins
- Noon — Long course begins.
Registration is closed. However, you can the Float Your Boat website for more information.