Get Your Free Starter Kit for the Milk Carton Boat Race

2018 Royal Rosarians Milk Carton Boat Race

Sunday, June 24, 11 a.m., Westmoreland Park Casting Pond

One of the toughest parts of building a boat for the Royal Rosarians Milk Carton Boat Race just got a whole lot easier.

Thanks to our friends at Kroger Swan Island Dairy and Darigold, we have a limited supply of boat “starter kits” with enough jugs or cartons to float your boat. The kits will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis, and they are 100% free. To request a starter kit today, send your request to

The Milk Carton Boat Race features large, hand-made, human-powered boats that float entirely by means of recycled milk cartons and jugs. This year’s event will welcome boaters back to the historic Westmoreland Park Casting Pond on Sunday, June 24. Registration is open now, and it is free to enter as a contestant and free to attend as a spectator.

A Rose Festival tradition dating back to 1973, the Milk Carton Boat Race has included boats of all shapes, sizes and styles. There have been boats struggling to stray afloat with just one rider and a boat that easily held eight people. You see boats built for speed and showboats that are just on the water for style points.

The Milk Carton Boat Race is produced by the Royal Rosarians and presented by the Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council. Enter today at: The event promotes reuse and recycling, and all participants who choose not to keep their boats after the races will be directed to an area on site where the boats can be dismantled and recycled.

To request a Milk Carton Boat Race starter kit, send your request to