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The Royal Rosarians’ Milk Carton Boat Race

Posted on 05 February 2017 by Douglas Merrow

It’s never too early to begin collecting milk cartons and jugs for the classic Rose Festival Milk Carton Boat Race—a family friendly community tradition dating back to 1973. Children and adults race and show off their handmade, human powered boats that float only by means of recycled milk cartons and jugs. Creatively constructed watercraft will compete in nine categories, with one earning a place in history upon the coveted Best in Show milk can trophy.

The festivities take place this year on Sunday, June 25, beginning at 11 a.m., at the historic Westmoreland Casting Pond, in the Sellwood neighborhood of southeast Portland. Admission is free and there is no cost to enter a boat to participate in the race. Start collecting those milk cartons and jugs now.

For more information and entry rules, visit

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