More than 50 teams manning cardboard boats came out Friday (Aug. 24), splashing and some sinking, for United Way of Elkhart County’s annual Great Cardboard Boat Race at the LaSalle Bristol pond.

The Elkhart Truth reported that the race, now in its ninth year, kicks off the agency’s annual fundraising campaign.

Nearly 29 companies, including several RV firms, had boats in the races, which consisted of eight heats of six to seven boats, and then two final championship rounds. The team from Utilimaster won the competition.

The boats, which must be made entirely using cardboard, specific types of paint or polyurethane, and duct tape according to the United Way rulebook, were manned by two or three person teams on the circular track.

Some companies, such as Grand Design RV Co., had as many as nine boats competing, while others had just one.

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