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 community favorite and an important fundraiser for The Food Bank.

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 creativity, speed, theme and more! There is also a "Titanic Award for the Best Sinking" for teams whose boats do not make it to shore. See a list of this year’s Judging Categories here.

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

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

History

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. 

Read a recap of last year’s event here and see a gallery of photos here.

2018 Winners

CAPTAIN'S AWARD
Awarded to the team with the most team spirit.

The Bluff's Sea Nile - Long Course
Dia de los muertos - Short Course

TITANIC AWARD
Awarded to the team of the boat that sinks in the most spectacular fashion.

Keep Calm and Float On

CAN"T BELIEVE IT'S CARDBOARD
Awarded to the boat that shows the most creativity in engineering and construction design and is presumably most seaworthy.

Hope Floats - Long Course
WSMSense - Short Course

COLORING CONTEST WINNERS

Best Overall - Kate Kampeter
Most Creative - Benjamin Talbott
Best Mixed Media - Ellen Duncavage

PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD

EDI

SHORT COURSE TIMED

1. The Penguin                            0.52
2. The Little Sinker                      1.05
3. Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom 1.18

LONG COURSE TIMED

1. EDI                                         1.05
2. Kon-Liki                                  1.22
3. Deja Vu                                  1.26

ALLURE OF THE SEA
Awarded to the boat with the most original and creative chosen theme.

The EAG Gondola - Long Course
The Penguin - Short Course

LOCH NESS AWARD
Awarded to the boat that looks like it could use a make-over.

Dragon Heart - Long Course
JMS Titanic - Short Course

Videos from Past Float Your Boat Races

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.