Elkhart, Ind. Area companies set sail Friday afternoon, going head-to-head in an unusual contest that mixed ship-making and cardboard.
Fourteen boats ventured into the water Friday with some precarious looking sea-vessels, for the 4th Annual What Floats your Cardboard Boat Race.
The event serves as the kick-off of the United Way of Elkhart County's 2013 campaign, bringing awareness to the start of their fundraising efforts for the coming year.
Competitors paddled boats made only of cardboard, duct tape, and spray paint through an obstacle course at the LaSalle Bristol Corporate Pond trying not to sink.
“They think it sounds like a great thing to do as a company to support the community, have some fun, team building, work together, and they get together, figure out their own boat, build it out of cardboard and come out here to race,” says Bill Rieth the President of the United Way in Elkhart County.
Businesses had a chance to win a number of trophies based on their boat's design and performance in the race.
ADEC earned the top honors Friday Cummings Onan came in second place and the Elkhart Public Library rounded out the top three.