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. 

2019 Winners

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

The G.O.A.T. Boat - Long Course
Lotawatta - Short Course

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

The Greatest Home! - Long Course
S.S. Pez - Short Course

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

Mmmmmm-donuts - Long Course
Battle Bus - Short Course

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.

Dairy Aire - Long Course
The Gum Ballers - Short Course

PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD

Environmental Dynamics International

SHORT COURSE TIMED

1. The Gum Ballers                    1:31
2. Mill Creek Chess Club           1.43
3. Banana Boat 1.18

LONG COURSE TIMED

1. Boata BoXXX                         1.14
2. EDI Battleship                        1.23
3. Awwww Shucks!                     2.05

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

EDI Battleship - Long Course
Skittles - 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.