Caraway siblings win third in World Championship Cardboard Boat race

Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Emmie and Bryton Sanders prepare for the 2018 World Championship Cardboard Boat race at Heber Springs. The siblings finished third in their division. This year's theme was Boat Wars (Star Wars) with Emmi as Princess Leia and Bryton as Luke Skywalker. (photos provided)

Emmie and Bryton Sanders, children of Shannon and Jerri Lynn Sanders, won third place in the youth division in the 2018 World Championship Cardboard Boat Races. The Saturday, July 28, event was held at Sandy Beach on Greers Ferry Lake.

The Caraway siblings, along with their family, attended the races last year as spectators. Emmie and Bryton decided last year they wanted to do more than watch, they wanted to compete and Granddad Larry Sanders helped make it happen.

This year marked the 32nd annual year for the event. The races draw a huge crowd of spectators along with lots of participants of all ages. The boats are made out of corrugated cardboard. The boats must pass inspection making sure the builders have followed all of the rules of construction.

Emmie and Bryton get ready to row with good luck wishes from their grandparents, Larry and Dianna Sanders. Granddad Larry helped with the building of the cardboard boat for the competition.

Each year brings a new theme and this year was Star Wars. Emmie was Princess Leia and Bryton was Luke Skywalker. They were ready for the competition with their boat, “The Jon Boat Destroyer.”

Granddad Sanders helped with the design and building of the boat but Emmie and Bryton both helped. It took them about two weeks to build the boat.

They appreciated the cardboard which was provided by Robertson's Furniture and Helena Chemical Co. It takes a lot of layers of cardboard and special care to make a "seaworthy" vessel.

Emmie (Princess Leia) and Bryton (Luke Skywalker) are pictured with their cheering squad. The two Caraway siblings enjoyed the competition and winning third place in the 32nd annual Cardboard Boat races held at Heber Springs.

Emmie and Bryton, along with their cheering squad, were excited when they qualified to continue to the finals following the timed heats.

Several awards such as Pride of the Fleet for the most innovative boat engineering, Captains Award for the greatest spirit and even the Titanic Award for the most dramatic sinking are given, along with first, second and third place in each division.

Emmie and Bryton were presented a plaque by sponsors and the mayor for their third place win. They started discussing next year's strategy and boat design before they arrived home. They know they can count on granddad to help them.

Granddad Larry Sanders, Bryton and Emmie work to create a cardboard boat for the 2018 World Championship Cardboard Boat Races at Heber Springs.
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