Reserve Your Spot on the 2012 Dairy Farmers of Oregon Milk Carton Boat Race

Registration Is Now Open

By bePortland
May 08 9:09am

The Dairy Farmers of Oregon Milk Carton Boat Race returns to Portland’s Westmoreland Park with a splash on June 10, 2012. Online registration is now open and early registration is recommended. This classic Rose Festival event features hand-made, human powered boats that float entirely by means of recycled milk cartons and jugs.


Build a boat that’s creative and whimsical to enter in the Showboat class or one that is sleek and slim for racing. Participants can race their craft in the following categories: Children (ages seven to 12); Adults (ages 13 and up); Family/Multi-rider (ages seven and up) and Corporate (which includes businesses, non-profits and community groups).  Showboats will not race, but will be on display throughout the event.


All participants will also compete for the Best in Show milk can trophy.  Themed boats and costumes are all taken into judging consideration.


Race day will feature Koi Fusion and PBJ’s Grilled as well as dairy product samples from Darigold and ice cream paired with root beer from Portland-based Crater Lake Soda. Other event partners include Bi-Mart, Portland Parks & Recreation, Portland Rose Festival and the Girl Scouts of Oregon and SW Washington.  Spectators can look forward to food, fun and laughter with a family-friendly atmosphere. The event is perfect for the whole family with no cost to attend or to participate as a racer.


“There is no better way to kick-off summer and June dairy month than with the excitement and creativity of the Milk Carton Boat Race,” said Pete Kent, Executive Director of the Dairy Farmers of Oregon. “Oregon’s dairy farm families support and strengthen the community and are proud sponsors of this traditional Rose Festival event.”


First time participants are encouraged to watch this instructional video, which goes step-by-step through the building process.


Registration closes on June 6.  Details can be found at www.dairyfarmersor.com/milkcartonboatrace.  Racing enthusiasts can also follow the event on the Dairy Farmers of Oregon Facebook page for the most up-to-date information.