Cardboard boat race launches June 15 at Ken’s Lake
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The Maher-Young family paddles to victory in 2011 aboard their cardboard vessel, the “Scurvy Serpent.” Photo by Jeff Richards
The Maher-Young family paddles to victory in 2011 aboard their cardboard vessel, the “Scurvy Serpent.” Photo by Jeff Richards
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Grand County Public Library officials say the 2013 Cardboard Boat Race at Ken’s Lake is on, despite low lake levels again this year.

The race is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 15, at Ken’s Lake south of Moab on Spanish Valley Drive.

All boats entered must be constructed from cardboard and custom-built by the contestants.

The event first launched in 2010 with only three boats and a few dozen spectators. The following year, 16 cardboard boats were entered in the competition. The 2011 winner – a pirate-themed ship called the “Scurvy Serpent” – was built and manned by Steve “T-Berry” Young and Eve Maher-Young, and their children Zane and Talullah. Their well-designed boat featured a curved keel, a mast, and a scary-looking skull on its bow. Even after two full runs to the lap buoy and back, the solid vessel looked no worse for the wear.

In 2012, the race was canceled due to low water levels and a massive fish die-off at Ken’s Lake that potentially posed health risks for recreationists at the lake.

The entry deadline for this year’s event was originally June 1, but library officials said this week that entries will still be accepted through Friday.

To enter the race call 435-259-1111.

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