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Splish Splash If You Don’t Do the Math: The 2019 Milk Carton Boat Race

Will it float? That question typically gets an immediate answer at the Milk Carton Boat Race when kids, adults and entire teams of people climb onto handmade boats whose buoyancy depends entirely upon recycled milk jugs and cartons. Surprisingly, most of them not only float but prove to be stable and swift.

Royal Rosarians’ Milk Carton Boat Race
A Portland Rose Festival tradition since 1973
Sunday, June 23; 11 a.m.
Westmoreland Park Casting Pond, SE McLoughlin Blvd and Bybee Blvd
Cost: FREE!

“There’s a tried and true formula — a one gallon jug supports eight pounds and a half-gallon supports four pounds,” said Josh Thomas, Senior Director of Communications for the Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council. “It’s splish splash if you don’t do the math.”

The event is 100% free to attend and compete, and there are awards for speed and originality. While time is getting short to build a boat, it isn’t too late to enter and compete.

“I have even seen people finishing their boats on the morning of the event,” said Thomas. He suggests collecting jugs and cartons from local coffee shops, restaurants, cafeterias, friends and family – and stocking up on duct tape.

While creativity is certainly encouraged, there are rules on size and all boats must be human-powered. Participants who choose not to keep their boats for future years will be encouraged to dismantle and recycle them at their home. For the race categories, rules and registration, visit the official Royal Rosarians’ Milk Carton Boat Race event page today.

The Milk Carton Boat Race is produced by the Royal Rosarians and presented by the Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council.

RELATED LINKS:

Milk Carton Boat Race Rules and Registration

How to Build A Boat

A Fun Aerial View of the Pond

On Your Mark, Get Set, Build Boats!

2018 Royal Rosarians Milk Carton Boat Race

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

With the 2018 Milk Carton Boat Race only two months away, this year’s flotilla of boats is already beginning to take shape. It’s not too late to enter. Registration is open, and the event is 100% free to participate and attend.

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.

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.

Each milk jug will support eight pounds and each half-gallon carton will support four pounds. With large teams, that can take a lot of empties. Thanks to our friends at Kroger Swan Island Dairy and Darigold, a limited supply of boat “starter kits” helped give teams a head start.

The Milk Carton Boat Race is produced by the Royal Rosarians and presented by the Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council. Participants who choose not to keep their boats for future years will be encouraged to dismantle and recycle them at their home.

RELATED LINK:

The Royal Rosarians Milk Carton Boat Race (information and registration)