Float Your Boat 2018 is Saturday, April 28. Registration will open on Thursday, Feb. 1. 

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 at the event.

Proceeds are used to help feed 104,000 on an ongoing basis 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 2011 after Thomas Payne, former dean of the college, saw a similar event while traveling. It has grown tremendously over the past five years.