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Smithfield River Rat Regatta on the Neuse returns

Posted on July 27, 2021

Wide Awake Wilson
The Smithfield River Rat Regatta on the Neuse returns on Aug. 14. Contributed photo

The Smithfield River Rat Regatta on the Neuse returns on Aug. 14. Contributed photo

SMITHFIELD — The Smithfield Yacht Club will open once again for the River Rat Regatta on the Neuse on Saturday, Aug. 14, at 4 p.m. The event will feature a race between two-person teams in cardboard boats from Smithfield’s boat ramp on North Front Street to the Deputy C. Paul West Sr. Bridge.

The boats must be constructed entirely from corrugated cardboard, glue and duct tape. Entries will compete in either the youth (under 13) or adult division, and prizes will be awarded for the fastest first and second in the youth division and first, second and third in the adult division. There will also be overall awards given for Best Decorated and the Titanic Award for most memorable sinking. Rules and registration forms are available at bit.ly/riverratregatta.

“We had a great turnout for the first River Rat Regatta in 2018, with 33 creative and mostly well-built boats, and an enthusiastic crowd cheering the teams on toward the finish line,” said Gary Johnson, Smithfield Parks & Recreation director.

Last year’s event was canceled because of the pandemic. The 2019 event was canceled because of the weather. Awards will be given at 7 p.m. and will be followed by live music from Blind Joy, a local classic rock band, until 9 p.m.

The River Rat Regatta is hosted by Smithfield Parks & Recreation, the Downtown Smithfield Development Corp., Smithfield Police Department and Smithfield Fire Department. For information or to register, visit bit.ly/riverratregatta.

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