AHOY MATEY! Imagination and Fun Afloat in Mendon
By Michelle Sanford Staff Reporter/Columnist · August 01, 2012
Jake Grant (left) and Aidan Fitzgerald stand next to their boat, The Box, after they won Heat 2 of the Cardboard Boat Race.
There was plenty of imagination, splashing and fun afloat on Lake Nipmuc the evening of Thursday, July 19 as the ever-popular Cardboard Boat Race sponsored by the Taft Public Library returned to the Town Beach. The event is part of the Mendon Library's Summer Reading Program Dream Big: Read. In total, 16 boats participated in the fun. Each boat was made up of cardboard and other recyclable materials and contained either two or three or more passengers. In addition to timed races, a number of vessels won special awards in other categories.
2012 Annual Cardboard Boat Race Winners
Award winners for the 2012 Annual Cardboard Boat Race sponsored by the Taft Public Library were:
1st Place: The Box (Aidan Fitzgerald and Jake Grant)
2nd Place: Castle Knights (Quinn Fitzgerald and Jonathan Elliott)
3rd Place: The Devils (Colin Fitzgerald and Nicolas Olaso)
Three or More Person Boats:
1st Place: The Sharks (Paige Allen, Olivia Perrone, and Anthony Perrone)
2nd Place: The Dunford Family Adventure Boat (Jack Duncan, John Verrone, Conor Morford, and Kacy Morford)
3rd Place: Angler (Isabelle Frieswick, Amanda Frieswick, and Arthur Frieswick)
The Special Awards went to:
Pride of Mendon Award (Most Creative Design): Punch Buggy Boat (Shane Whitney and Brad Whitney)
Captain's Choice Award (Most Attractive): Bugatti Boat (Dillon Elliott and Steven Tarabey)
Esprit de Corps Award (Most Spirited & Organized Non-Family Team): Castle Knights Boat (Quinn Fitzgerald and Jonathan Elliott)
Gung-Ho Award (Most Spirited Individual Participant): Dark Dragon Boat (Evan Porciello and Matthew Atwell)
Togetherness Award (Most Spirited & Organized Family Team): The Sharks Boat (Paige Allen, Olivia Perrone, and Anthony Perrone)
Titanic Award (Most Spectacular Sinking): The Dunford Family Adventure Boat (Jack Duncan, John Verrone, Conor Morford, and Kacy Morford)
Surprise Award (We're Surprised it Floats): The Box Boat (Aidan Fitzgerald and Jake Grant)
Dream Big Award (Best Reflects the 2012 Summer Reading Theme: "Dream Big – Read!"): Cloud 9 – The Dreamer Boat (Justine Nicholson and Lucie Nicholson)
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