Anything Floats

Thursday, July 4 at 11 am. Boat inspection is from 9 - 10:30 am.

Do you think your team can design a boat made from anything and everything, but still has what it takes to stay afloat and win the race? This is your opportunity to prove it. Come out to Children’s Lake in Boiling Springs and enjoy the event or register to participate. All contestants must be 13 years old or older please! Bring a lawn chair or a blanket. A food/drink stand will be there. Crafts are to be made of floating materials, man made, and motorless. Please note that life jackets are required. There are 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10 person races with each having first, second, and third place trophies. Again this year, the one person innertube races. The rules are similar to the Crafts rules. First 18 tubes to enter will be the racers. First two places in heat races go to the finals. All types of innertubes are allowed. Tube will be inspected at the same time as the Crafts are being inspected by the humpback bridge. Same forms are required for entry. This event is rain or shine.

Download the rules, registration, and insurance forms here.

  1. All pre-registration forms must be received one week prior to the event.
  2. All contestants must be 13 years of age or older and have signed and submitted a Certificate of Insurance Waiver. A parent or legal guardian must sign an Insurance Waiver for participants underthe age of 18.
  3. The contest will take place rain or shine (unless it is thundering and lightning).
  4. All entries must check in by 10:30 a.m. at the judges’ stand located at the East side of the lake the day of the event.
  5. Inspection of crafts will be held at the Front Street boat launch (near the Boiling Springs Pool) starting at 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. An Event Official and/or PA Fish Commission Officer will inspect all crafts to verify they are floatable and free of sharp edges, protruding metal or any other unsafe material.
  6. The first contest will begin at 11:00 a.m. Order of divisions to be announced.
  7. The event will consist of races between crafts in the 1 person inter-tube races and the 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10 person teams.
  8. Each division heat will have not more than 6 teams entered. Heats will be assigned by the contest officials following completion of pre-registration.
  9. Contestants may compete in any number of division heats.
  10. Prizes will be awarded immediately following final race of the day.
  11. A special prize will be awarded to the “Most Unique” craft and also “Most Enthusiastic Group”, as chosen by the event judges.
  12. All crafts must be home-made and powered by hand or foot. Vessels built from kits, i.e. canoes, etc. are not permitted. Blow up mattresses will be allowed if decorated.
  13. For identification purposes, every craft must have a name that is clearly visible on it during the race.
  14. All crew members must supply and wear Coast Guard approved life jackets.
  15. Teams will line up at the start/finish line buoys, proceed straight ahead to the turn-around buoy, turn left and return to the start/finish buoys. There will be an official at the turn-around buoy to verify all contestants properly negotiate the turn-around.
  16. Teams cannot physically interfere or come in contact on purpose with any opponents’ craft before or during the race. Teams found to be in violation will be disqualified upon the judgment of contest officials.
  17. Crews must be in or on craft with proper life jackets when they cross the finish line. Crews out of craft or dragging it across the finish line will be disqualified.
  18. Crews will be responsible for the cleanup of all trash and debris made by their craft and team.
  19. The lake area is a State Park and no alcoholic beverages are permitted on the premises. Law enforcement officers will be patrolling and watching for violations of this law. Offending teams will be disqualified and asked to leave the event.