Waldo County Y Hosts Free Cardboard Boat Building Workshops


BELFAST – Waldo County families are invited to build a cardboard boat for the Harbor Fest Cardboard Boat Challenge at the YMCA of Waldo County on Tuesday or Thursday, August 16 or 18 at 5 p.m.

Waldo County Y will host the workshops in its gymnasium at 157 Linconville Avenue. The workshops are intended to help families prepare for the Cardboard Boat Challenge on Sunday, August 21 at Harbor Fest.

All materials for 20-30 boats will be provided. Volunteers will be on hand to help design and build the boats. Race entry fees for kids to build a boat will be paid for by Waldo County Y sponsors. This event is free and open to the entire community.

Participants will have time to design and build their boats according to the rules. All boats must be brought home at the end of the night.

Greg Dutch, President of the Cardboard Boat Challenge, said, “Cardboard Boat Races are always a fun way to wrap up Harbor Fest and I hope this Y-sponsored event attracts even more people to enjoy!

Russell Werkman, CEO of YMCA of Waldo County and Co-Chair of Harbor Fest, said, “Helping kids bring their nautical imaginations to life is another way to nurture them and give them a better sense of themselves. There’s nothing more rewarding than designing and building something you’re going to use.

Werkman noted that four partners were key to bringing this event to life. Macleod’s Furniture readily agreed to supply the boxes. Viking Inc., Robbins Lumber and First National Bank/First National Wealth Management made early financial sponsorships to the YMCA of Waldo County to make this type of community building event possible.

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