Saturday, August 20, 2011

SAT. FEATURE: Cardboard Boat Regatta


Kerri Mehringer of Schnellville folded a cardboard flap on the side of a corporate-sponsored boats he and Ben Hasenour of St. Anthony constructed for the Holy Family School Patoka Cardboard Boat Regatta while working at Hasenour's barn on July 6.


Kylie Krempp of Jasper, 10, right, joked with her friend Maria Mehringer of Schnellville, not pictured, while the two attacked each other with paint rollers Aug. 9 while painting their cardboard boat. At left is Maria’s brother Lucas, 11.


Holy Family School Principal Sally Sternberg of Jasper, center left, laughed while sixth grade teacher Denise Miller of Jasper as the two told jokes and funny "what-if" scenarios while building a large piece of cardboard into what resembled a sheet of 3-ring sheet paper to decorate their boat for the cardboard boat regatta as a float in the Strassenfest Parade. The parade will start at 1 p.m. Sunday downtown. The cardboard boat regatta will be Aug. 13 at Jasper Riverwalk.


Herald employees Jason Recker, counterclockwise from back left, Brendan Perkins, Justin Rumbach, Dave Weatherwax, Alex Sondeen and John Patishnock frantically paddled their newspaper hat boat down the Patoka River during last Saturday’s Holy Family School Patoka Cardboard Boat Regatta. The event attracted more than 1,000 spectators who watched 13 boats, made almost entirely of cardboard, attempt to stay afloat.


The Kitchen Jewels boat crew paddled along on the river during one of its races. Its boat won the trophy for most artistic. Members of the crew were Abby Gress, Dale Gress, Darren Gress, Joseph Fischer, Emily Gress, Luke Rogers, Lauren Schmidt and Jasen Springer, all of Jasper.


Zachary Wendholt of Ferdinand, 13, left, Connor Schulz of Ferdinand, 13, Heath Hoffman of Huntingburg, 12, Levi Hoffman of Huntingburg, 12, Bryce Becher of Ferdinand, 13, and Jacob Weisman of Huntingburg, 13, continued paddling as hard as they could as the bow of their boat flooded with water, sinking their ship moments before crossing the finish line. The pirate-themed team was unable to finish the race and lost.


Lucas Mehringer presented his first-place trophy to his mother, Tori, after the regatta’s awards ceremony. The trophies were constructed from cardboard. “I’ve never won anything this big before,” Lucas said.

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