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The Annual Great Cardboard Boat Regatta

Sat, Apr 20 , 2024

1205 W Pleasant Hill Rd, Carbondale, IL 62903

Southern Illinois University originated the Great Cardboard Boat Regatta dating back to 1974.

This event is not only a SIU campus tradition but has created thousands of participants worldwide. Each spring, aspiring boaters put their engineering and creativity skills to the test, constructing cardboard creations capable of completing the 200-yard course. Contestants can walk away with a number of awards. The most popular award named the "Titanic Award" in which boaters proudly abandon ship for the mightiest sink.

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