The Great Cardboard Boat Race



will be held


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

 Shiver me timbers! 2019 be the year of the Pirate!

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, 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!




Last year we set records for the number of boats, crowd size, and money raised for United Way of Elkhart County (over $70,000)!  We're aiming to build on that momentum.



2019 Food Truck Lineup:

Sweazy Q BBQ

Ron's River Dogs

Tacos El Portal

Kona Ice

Adult Beverages by Lucchese's


Click here to sign up to volunteer

 Or contact Keith Sarber at or 574.295.1650

View volunteer opportunities here

Want to enter the race?

 Contact us at or 574.295.1650

View registration info here

Want sponsorship info?

 Contact Bill Rieth at or 574.295.1650

View sponsorship info here


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


We treasure our sponsors!
Major sponsorship for the 2019 Great Cardboard Boat Race provided by: