Festival season has arrived in Trinity Bay, with last weekend being the annual Champney’s West Festival. It was awesome.
I had heard tell that Champney’s festival was a good day out, when the otherwise sleepy coastal town became a major destination with locals and tourists alike flocking to the fun events.
Even with the heads-up, I was surprised by the large numbers of cars as we pulled into the small cove, and the masses of people eagerly awaiting the main event. The cardboard boat races.
If you are imagining a cute event for kids with little hand made boats, think again…
The premise was simple: participants could use only cardboard and duct-tape to construct a boat that could be paddled from the pier, to a buoy, and back again. The fastest boat wins.
The boats were all very impressive, and surprisingly few capsized. Though the aptly named Royal Flush did end up in the drink.
The event concluded with all boats heading back into the water for a final onslaught by all spectators and competitors throwing water balloons, water-filled-buckets, and even people just jumping into the water, in spite of the freezing temperatures, in and effort to sink the cardboard creations.
It was a hilarious day, and an event I look forward to attending, and perhaps participating in, next year.
Perhaps we’ll see you there!
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