Hundreds gather at Cardboard Boat Regatta

SUNBURY— Hundreds flocked to the Sunbury Amphitheater for a look at the annual Cardboard Boat Regatta Saturday. Spectators squeezed together along the river to get a look at the high-energy race with boats made of only glue, tape, and cardboard.

Joined by his recently retired uncle, second-year racer Nick Knouse said the race is just as much about the gathering as the glory.  “He’s been away with the military, so we don’t get to see him much.  And this is something where our grandparents are here watching us because we live so far apart.”

Out of the 12 boats in the race, only a few sank. Knouse said after capsizing in 2012, this year’s design came with a few improvements. “Right afterwards we went to dinner last year and said ‘what do we want to do next year?’ Somebody said ‘a tank,’ but each year you kind of learn tricks with tape and glue and things that work better. We had almost 700 pounds in our boat this year so it can be done.”

The Cardboard Boat Regatta was the last item in a weekend full of events at the Sunbury River Festival.  Live music, a car cruise in, train rides and a hot dog eating contest were among the highlights.

Also Saturday was Sunbury’s first ever Chalk The Walk event.  The winners were 17-year-old Madison Mullen of Sunbury, 17-year-old Leah Marquette of Sunbury, 11-year-old Emily Hare of Sunbury and 7-year-old Grace Landis of Selinsgrove.  The Sunbury River Festival  was attended by thousands of people over three days. (Carrie Haines)





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