If you build it, they will come! We've seen it more than once if it comes down to building your own in Muskegon. There is something about the allure of getting some friends or co workers together, or maybe a church group or civic organization and trying your hand at building something for a fun competition and seeing if your idea can "float". In years past, we've seen 1000's line up for Build Your Own Bobsled at the Double JJ just north of town and for a couple years too, we had some pretty great showings at Build Your Own Boat up that way too, but...what if we move it a little closer to home and place the event right in the middle of one of the areas best community parties there is? It's happening!
The North Muskegon Family Fun Fest kicks off August 8th and will be filled with all kinds of things to do. It starts with the legendary parade on the 8th. The Taste of Northside on the 9th and then Saturday the 10th things get really busy with a day filled to the brim with things to do like the Kids Expo, the Fireman's Water Battle, a wonderful art fair, the Community Picnic and this year the The Cardboard Boat Regatta.
The Regatta gets underway at Bear Lake at 4pm. There are 2 classes to compete in and 3 divisions in each class. This is a free event for participants and viewers. There is a complete set of rules which you can find linked along with the registration in the photo to the right. There will be prizes for fastest time, judges choice, peoples choice, most outrageous, team spirit and the "Titanic" award. This is where your creativity and adventure comes in. Get your people together and come up with a theme. Advertise your business! Promote your cause! Brag up your favorite team or maybe crow about yourself. This is a really fun way to spend an afternoon testing your creativity and your ability to build a working vessel. There will be inspections of all of the entries and all the entries are welcome to show off what they have at the Taste of the North Side event Friday night for the judges inspection.
The Cardboard Boat Regatta is sponsored by J.Nedeau Realtor and The Nedeau Group. Click on their logo to visit their website!
I had a chance to meet up with Lee Ann Clausen and Sabina Freeman from the City of North Muskegon to talk about the event and get you the details so you can get building!! Take a listen!
This will be an AWESOME day that won't cost you a penny to come and watch or if you want to participate...get as creative as you can to build...sail and win! North Muskegon is rolling out the welcome mat for everyone and if you've never been to the North Side Family Fun Fest, here's your day! We'll plan on seeing you at the Cardboard Boat Regatta on August 10th. Go get that cardboard and tape! Let's roll! To visit the City of North Muskegon's website for the full schedule of the Family Fun Fest, click on their logo below!