Cardboard Boats for the Troops!

Click link for video. Channel 9 KCAUTV  By: Diana Johnsen

The Sioux City Growth Organization hosted its second annual Cardboard Cup, Sunday.

Folks were invited out to Pipe Dream Campgrounds outside of Hinton to race homemade cardboard boats.

The cup is put on to help raise money for local charities, and this year’s charity of choice was Support Siouxland Soldiers.

Cup winner, Tim Grover of Sioux City said, “Our boat is supporting the Iowa National Guard, and we support Siouxland Soldiers and Food for Vets. So, it’s a good cause. It’s a lot of fun. It gets a lot of good people together.”

As far as the boats go, contestants did have some rules to follow like only two people could be in a boat.  And of course, they could only use cardboard, duct–tape, paint, and glue to build their boats.

Some spent countless hours building their boats, coming up with all kinds of boat themes while others went the shorter route and made them the night before, which made for some unfortunate sinks.

“People get excited for just the different creativity on the boat designs and also for the people that don’t finish,” said Luis Trejo of The Sioux City Growth Organization. “They like to see a couple people sink and not make it, but it’s all for a good cause, and it’s great fun.”

About twenty boats were racing for the coveted Cardboard Cup trophy. Other prizes included The Epic Shipwreck Award as well as The Best Overall Theme Award.