June 3rd, 2009 5:33 pm | by Adrienne So News | Posted In: Politics

Milk Carton Boat Races: They're Not What You Think

Rose Festival Milk Carton Boat Race Logo
Yes, I know. When you hear "milk carton boat races", most of us would conjure up an image of a little...floating milk carton. Maybe with a Popsicle-stick sail. Pretty pathetic, no?

But you'll be happy to know that both you and I are totally wrong. The milk carton boats that will be racing on Sunday, June 7, on the Casting Pond at Westmoreland Park, are in fact magnificent specimens of boat-itude, big enough to paddle across the pond. Boats will be judged on the basis of speed and also on aesthetic appeal, to win the Best in Show trophy.

Why milk cartons? In all the furor over roses this weekend, some of us might not know that June is also National Dairy Month. In honor of the month, the Oregon Dairy Farmer's Association is putting together festivities on June 7, the last day of the Rose Festival, that include live music from Portland Teen Idol Finalists, free root beer floats from Crater Lake Soda, and face painting by Oregon's dairy princess ambassadors (and yes, I am just as intrigued as you are by this concept).

If, at some point, you get worn out on roses and apple pie fries, head over to Westmoreland Park for some invigorating milk-and-water events. To register your own homemade watercraft, click here, and here's a little preview taste of Sunday's upcoming paddle action:

Milk Carton Boat Races, Casting Pond at Westmoreland Park, SE McLoughlin Blvd and Bybee Blvd., 515-1023. 11 am Sunday, June 7. Free.
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