Great Cardboard Boat Race at United Way of Elkhart

The 2019 Great Cardboard Boat Race will be held Friday August 23, 2019 at LaSalle Bristol pond (in front of the UW offices). This year is PIRATE themed!

The party begins at 11 a.m. with food trucks, a beer garden, a DJ, giveaways, activities, and more! The boats hit the water at 3 p.m.

VOTE for your favorite boat, see who’s competing, and support United Way here:

VOLUNTEER opportunities here:

Join us for our biggest and best Great Cardboard Boat Race yet and help United Way of Elkhart County kick off our annual fundraising campaign! Last year we had more than 1,000 people in attendance. Come grab a delicious meal from our expanded food truck lineup, cheer your favorite team on to victory, and support United Way in our fight to improve the lives of working families in our community!

Last year we set records for the number of boats, crowd size, and money raised for United Way of Elkhart County (over $70,000)! We’re aiming to build on that momentum.

Food available from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. includes:
-Sweazy Q BBQ
-Ron’s River Dogs
-Tacos el Portal
-Kona Ice
-Adult beverages by Lucchese’s

If you’re interested in building a boat or sponsoring the event, please visit our website, email, or call us at 574-295-1650.

Due to the increased popularity of the event in recent years, we are capping the number of boats at 50. Get your registrations in early!