Will it float? See who creates the most buoyant and swiftest homemade vessel at the 2023 Milk Carton Boat Race.
The annual event is hosted by the Royal Rosarians. You may recognize our city’s official greeters and goodwill ambassadors from the Portland Rose Festival. The family-friendly event invites everyone to come out for a day of friendly competition at Westmoreland Park.
Here are the details of the 2023 event.
2023 Milk Carton Boat Race
The 2023 Milk Carton Boat Race starts at 11:45 a.m. on Sunday, June 25 and is free to attend. Enjoy family-friendly entertainment and some spirited competition as kids and adults race and show off human-powered boats.
The event features multiple categories for kids and adults. Each team constructs a unique floating vessel from recycled milk cartons and jugs.
Participants will compete for awards in seven racing classes. The most creatively-constructed watercraft will compete for the coveted People’s Choice Award milk can trophy.
If you’d like to participate in the boat races, the entry deadline has been extended to June 19.
Schedule of Events
11:45 a.m. Opening Ceremony
12 p.m. Race Start
- Adult Single-rider (Class One)
- Child Single-rider (Class Two)
- Adult (2 riders) (Class Three)
- Child (2 riders) (Class Four)
- Adult Multi-rider (3-4 riders) (Class Five)
- Child Multi-rider (3-4 riders) (Class Six)
- Mixed-age (2-4 riders) (Class Seven)
- Heats and Final Races as needed.
- People’s Choice Parade
2:30 p.m. Awards Ceremony
The Milk Carton Boat Race takes place at Westmoreland Park casting pond, SE McLoughlin Blvd and Bybee Blvd in Portland. For more information, visit the Royal Rosarians’ website.
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