The Great Cardboard Boat Race



FRIDAY AUGUST 24th, 2018

The fun begins at 11am (food trucks, DJ, raffle, activities, and more!)

The boats hit the water at 3pm 


@ LaSalle Bristol Pond - 601 CR 17, Elkhart

This year we are featuring a Mardi Gras theme, so bring your costumes and dancing shoes!

Join us for our biggest and best Great Cardboard Boat Race yet and help United Way of Elkhart County kick off our annual fundraising campaign! We will have games, food trucks, a beer garden, giveaways, BEADS, and a festival atmosphere with tents, a DJ.  Last year we had more than 1,000 people in attendance. Come grab a delicious meal from our expanded food truck lineup, cheer your favorite team on to victory, and support United Way in our fight to improve the lives of working families in our community!



In 2017 we set records for the number of boats, crowd size, and money raised for United Way of Elkhart County (well over $50,000)!  We're aiming to build on that momentum.


Want to volunteer?

 Contact Keith Sarber at or 574.295.1650



Click here to view Boat Race rules, registration and other important documents


We treasure our sponsors!
Major sponsorship for the 2018 Great Cardboard Boat Race provided by: