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The Great Cardboard Boat Race

The Great Cardboard Boat Race is the official launch event for Greater Longview United Way's annual fundraising efforts.  The event is meant to raise awareness, get people excited, celebrate the spirit of working together, and help increase workplace campaigns so that we can better advance the common good.

Boats are made entirely of cardboard and powered by two (or more) paddlers that race around Teague Park pond.  Teams compete in heats for bragging rights, glory, and some pretty awesome trophies.
For the third year, companies across Greater Longview will answer the call of the open sea. With little or no experience, they will build seaworthy crafts.  Some crews will win.  Some crews will sink. Everyone will have a good time.


Saturday, August 28, 2021 - 8:30 AM


Join the Fleet

We need your help to launch our campaign with style. We have big plans ahead to impact the people of our area. Help us show the difference our community can make when we come together. Have fun. Get wet. Make a difference.
  • Registration deadline is August 20, 2021.
  • Your $200 entry fee gets you 5 4'x'8 pieces of cardboard and a 'How to Build a Cardboard Boat' Manual.
  • Register by July 9, 2021 and only pay $175 for entry.
  • This year's theme is "Up, Up, & Away" - a nod to Longview's annual balloon races.

 For more information, contact Greater Longview United Way at (903)758-0191 or



Admission is free to the public, but you can vote for your favorite team by donating in their name. Donations help support a great cause and you can help your mates win one of those awesome trophies. 


Interested in becoming a sponsor? Click here for our Sponsorship Opportunities form or contact Kathy Rae at