The second annual Spring Meadow Lake Cardboard Cup Regatta will be held on Saturday, July 11, at Spring Meadow Lake State Park just west of Helena. The regatta is a fun and challenging opportunity to test boat building and nautical skills. It's not too early to start gathering those boxes and cardboard to be transformed into creative floating vessels.
Registration will be from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. and races will begin at 11 a.m. A variety of races and heats will be open to all ages, community organizations and businesses. Prizes and awards will be presented to both seafarers and land lovers!
The regatta is organized as a family fun event. Proceeds from the event will go to the Mikal Kellner Foundation for Animals for the construction of the new Montana Wildlife Rehabilitation and Nature Center, a collaborative effort between the foundation, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and the Helena National Forest.
According to event organizer Craig Marr, of FWP's Helena Area Resource Office, "Last year the regatta was a great success; this year the event promises to be even better."
Early registration is recommended by picking up a registration form at any FWP or Helena National Forest office. Individual registration is $15 and includes a t-shirt. Group/organization registration is $75 and includes t-shirts for the crew. Commercial registration is $100 and includes t-shirts and entitles a company to advertise anywhere on the boat.
According to Marr, the events will be a lot of fun for participants and spectators. Little Elmo and the Mambo Kings will be on shore to provide musical entertainment. "Rain or shine, the regatta is sure to be a fun community event, with a cast of community volunteers, sponsors and participants," Marr said.
People are encouraged to get out and support this family-fun event and learn more about the new wildlife rehabilitation center. For more information about the different classes of boats, rules for construction of all water craft and crew requirements, call the Helena Area Resource Office at 444-4720.