Cardboard Cup Regatta, Crystal Lake, Illinois. Photo courtesy America's Cardboard Cup Regatta
America's Cardboard Cup Regatta
The America's Cardboard Cup Regatta is held every
year on the last Saturday in June in Crystal Lake, Illinois. The
year 2000 will mark its 16th birthday. Over 6,000 people gather on
Crystal Lake's Main Beach to enjoy food, fun, boats and a great day
of racing. While the hundreds of boats race with competitors from
as far away as New Zealand, live music, food and entertainment
provide fun for everyone. Many large corporations, such as
McDonalds, Citicorp, and Sage Products, sponsor this race.
The race is unique in many ways, primarily because
all boats are built from cardboard; no metals or plastics are
permitted, and each boat is inspected prior to the race. Along with
the America's Cardboard Cup going to the winner of the race, other
awards include "The Most Spectacular Sinking Award," "Most Creative
Theme Boat Award," "Most Attractive Boat," "Most Enthusiastic Crew
Award," and "The Kiddie Cup." The most impressive part of this day,
however, is that every dollar raised is donated to various
community charities in the Crystal Lake, Illinois, area. In 1999, a
record $35,000 was raised during this one-day event.
Documentation includes a unique three-dimensional
shadow box featuring highlights from the event, shirts, a
videotape, a button, and brochures, handbill, invitations to a
pre-race party, and ticket to the Regatta.
Originally submitted by: Donald A. Manzullo, Representative (16th District).
The Local Legacies project provides a "snapshot" of American Culture as it was expressed in spring of 2000. Consequently, it is not being updated with new or revised information with the exception of "Related Website" links.