Float Your Boat 2018 is Saturday, April 28, at Bass Pro Shops Lake in Columbia. 

Registration opens at 9 a.m. Races begin at 11 a.m.

Float Your Boat allows teams to construct and race boats made entirely of cardboard!

Mid-Missouri's only cardboard boat regatta, this event has become The Food Bank's premier spring event, raising money to provide food for those in need. Because of The Food Bank's affiliation with Feeding America and ability to purchase bulk food items at heavily discounted costs, we are able to acquire $210 worth of groceries with every $10 raised.

Vote for your favorite Float Your Boat team to be this year's People's Choice recipient. Cast your vote now!

2018 prizes include:

Allure of the Sea Award - awarded to the boat with the most original and creative theme. Boat built with true craftsmanship and design.
Loch Ness Award - awarded to the boat that looks as though it could use a make-over
Captain's Award - awarded to team with most team spirit. Costumes, enthusiasm and  commitment to the theme taken into consideration.
Titanic Award - awarded to the team of the boat that sinks in the most spectacular fashion.
Can't Believe it's Cardboard - awarded to the boat that shows the most creativity in engineering and construction design and is seaworthy. 

Videos from Float Your Boat 2017

Watch highlights from the day of the event.

Mill Creek Elementary teachers use Float Your Boat as a teaching tool.

Float Your Boat promotes teamwork at EAG Laboratories. 

Thank You

Thanks to everyone who made Float Your Boat 2017 a success!

Prize Winners
People’s Choice: Environmental Dynamics International, “Lego Batman”
Best in Show: Floating Elmerinos, “Elmerine” Ghostbusters
Can’t Believe it’s Cardboard: Ruben Bolton, “Nothing But Cardboard”
Best Use of a Theme: Edward Jones, “Rub-a-Dub Duckie”
Ugliest Boat: CAFNR Student Council, “Boats N Heifers”
Titanic Award for Best Sinking: Eat Mo Carp, “Carpe Diem”
Bass Pro Shops Award: Professional Contractors & Engineers, “Corrugated Corsair”
Pirate Class Award: Unilever, "Monster Truck Inc."

Short Course Time Winners
1st: Floating Elmerinos, “Elmerine”
2nd: Wild Folk Unschool, “Mystery Canoe"
3rd: Mill Creek Cougars, “Cougar Cruisers”

Long Course Time
1st: Professional Contractors & Engineers, “Corrugated Corsair”
2nd: KOPN, “Patty Mae”
3rd: Unileaver, “SS Minnie”

Float Your Boat

Float Your Boat is an innovative and exciting way to support The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri while having a blast with family and friends. Held every spring, this event has become a signature event for The Food Bank and Columbia, Mo.

Teams are challenged to construct boats using only cardboard and duct tape that they will race across Bass Pro Shops Lake on the day of the event. Prizes are awarded for most creative, best use of a theme, ugliest boat and more! There is also a "Titanic Award for the Best Sinking" for teams whose boats do not make it to shore. 

The coveted People's Choice Award is for the team that raises the most money for The Food Bank. Vote for your favorite boat in advance or at the event.

Proceeds are used to help feed more than 100,000 monthly throughout The Food Bank's 32-county service area.


The University of Missouri's College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources launched Float Your Boat as a fundraiser for The Food Bank in 2012. It has since become The Food Bank's premiere spring event.