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2020 Cardboard Cup Regatta in Crystal Lake canceled

Event now scheduled for 2021

East Dundee residents Molly and Brian Barrett, members of A Bigger Boat – named for its reference to the movie "Jaws" – walk their boat to the finish line June 17, 2016, after capsizing during a previous America's Cardboard Cup Regatta.
East Dundee residents Molly and Brian Barrett, members of A Bigger Boat – named for its reference to the movie "Jaws" – walk their boat to the finish line June 17, 2016, after capsizing during a previous America's Cardboard Cup Regatta.

America’s Cardboard Cup Regatta, held at Crystal Lake Main Beach, has been canceled this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It has been rescheduled for July 31, 2021, with a tentative raindate of Aug. 1, 2021.

Last year, concerns were raised that 2019’s regatta would be the last, but with the help of the community and a “re-envisioned” board of directors, a 2020 race was scheduled for July 25, according to a news release.

Plans were in place to improve the regatta, including increasing family friendly activities, food and vendor options and other upgrades, according to the release.

However, the regatta would fall under Phase 5 of the governor’s Restore Illinois plan. The five-phase plan is meant to bring the state out of quarantine in different stages.

Based on the predicted dates for when Phase 5 will happen, the regatta’s board, in conjunction with the Crystal Lake Park District and city officials, decided to postpone the races until the summer of 2021, according to the release.

America’s Cardboard Cup Regatta is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that organizes an annual charity race to benefit organizations in the McHenry County area. At the regatta, individuals and businesses build boats made out of cardboard and race them.

The Cardboard Cup Regatta, now in its 36th year, raises money to provide grants for local charities.

“We understand the importance of keeping our communities safe and healthy during this time. The decision to reschedule the event for 2021 was difficult after the excitement we have seen from our 2020 board and volunteers,” said Kraig Carlson, America’s Cardboard Cup Regatta board president. “We are looking forward to getting cardboard boats back afloat! We will be reaching out to our supporters and volunteers to make this event the success it has been in the past and look forward to working with all of them again in 2021.” 

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