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Portland’s Milk Carton Boat Race June 24

Start Saving Milk Jugs Now for this Popular Rose Festival Competition!

A unique Portland tradition dating back to 1973, the Royal Rosarians Milk Carton Boat Race will welcome boaters back to the historic Westmoreland Park Casting Pond on Sunday, June 24, 2018. The Rose Festival event will be produced by the Royal Rosarians and presented by the Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council.

“The Royal Rosarians are proud to presenting this great community event, and registration is open now,” said Adam Baker (Royal Rosarian Prime Minister). “So drink your milk and start saving up those milk cartons and jugs!”

Aptly named, the Milk Carton Boat Race features large, hand-made, human-powered boats that float entirely by means of recycled milk cartons and jugs. Racers young and old compete with their creatively constructed watercraft in seven classes ranging from sleek and slim boats built for speed to the whimsical showboat class. There is even a corporate category for businesses. All compete for the coveted Best in Show milk can trophy.

“This is a great way to wrap up the Rose Festival season!” says Brett Baker (Portland Rose Festival Foundation President). “There are some pretty creative boat designs that come from these milk carton boat builders and thanks to the Royal Rosarians and Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council it’s all free to participate in and free to watch.”

The race will take place at the Westmoreland Park Casting Pond in the Sellwood Neighborhood of southeast Portland on June 24 at 11:00 a.m. It is free to attend and participate in the races, and it promises to be a fun event for all ages.

“We look forward to seeing the sleek, unique, and downright hilarious boat designs in this year’s event,” said Josh Thomas (Senior Director of Communications for the Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council). “It’s always a great way to celebrate June Dairy Month, and this year is extra special since it marks our organization’s 100th anniversary.”

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