Blackwater Falls hosts second annual Cardboard-and-Duct-Tape Boat Race

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Blackwater Falls at Blackwater Falls State Park
Blackwater Falls at Blackwater Falls State Park, home of this weekend’s Cardboard-and-Duct-Tape Boat Race

Blackwater Falls State Park is taking its trademark winter Cardboard-and-Duct-Tape sled race to the water May 27 in its second annual Cardboard-and-Duct-Tape Boat Race.

As a means to help encourage recycling and outdoor fun, the mid-day race on Pendleton Lake invites inventiveness using simple recyclable products, according to race coordinator Paulita Cousin.

“Everyone has cardboard to be recycled, and most households have the handyman’s tool – duct tape,” Cousin said.

“This is a fun event where participants will make a boat or some sort of floating vessel out of recycled cardboard and duct tape, and race it on Pendleton Lake.”

Participants are challenged to design and build a person-powered, corrugated cardboard boat able to float and withstand water. Awards will include the Flounder Award for most dramatic sink, the Sailor’s Award for team fun, and The Pendleton Log for best overall team time.

Registration will be 10-11 a.m., and the race starts at 11:30 a.m. There is a $1 fee to participate. Race details and the registration form may be found online.

Renowned for its massive falls on the Blackwater River, the state park features a 54-room lodge with an indoor pool and restaurant as well as cabins and a campground and miles of scenic trails.

Popular for photography, birdwatching, hiking and fishing, the state park is open year-round and located near Canaan Valley Resort State Park.

To learn more about Blackwater Falls State Park visit www.blackwaterfalls.com or call 304-259-5216.