The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Cardboard Boat Races this weekend

  • The 28th Annual World Championship Cardboard Boat Races will take place at Sandy Beach in Heber Springs this Saturday, beginning at 10am.
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  • The 28th Annual World Championship Cardboard Boat Races will take place at Sandy Beach in Heber Springs this Saturday, beginning at 10am.  The event, which is organized by the Heber Springs Area Chamber of Commerce, is the largest and one of the most popular events in Cleburne County every year as crowds from all over the state, country, and sometimes the world travel to our small community to witness cardboard creations compete on Greers Ferry Lake.
    This year, attendees will see the traditional races, which will include the speed awards, Pride of the Fleet Award, Captains Award, and the always entertaining Titanic Award for most dramatic sinking.  Along with the races, people will be able to participate in the volleyball tournament, watermelon-eating contest, and sand sculpting.  A treasure dig will also be available for kids. 
    “This will be the first annual Ron Carmack Memorial Volleyball Tournament,” said Arlene Anderson of the Chamber.  “Mr. Carmack was instrumental in overseeing the Cardboard Boat Tournament for many years.  As an advocate for girls volleyball, he would be extremely proud that this tournament will benefit the local Heber Springs High School girls volleyball team.”
    “Ron Carmack is a legend in Arkansas for his knowledge and promotion of volleyball for all ages but especially for the youth,” said Ina Brown of the Chamber.  “Ron supervised the construction of the sand volleyball court here on Sandy Beach in 2002 including water accessibility and lights.  He developed and coordinated the well-known Cardboard Boat Volleyball Tournaments drawing teams not only from Arkansas but surrounding states.  Ron was a professional…he knew what it took to run a first-class tournament.  I know he would be pleased that volunteers have seen the value of his efforts and have continued this annual event.  The Heber Springs Area Chamber of Commerce has felt it only fitting to give him the honor and respect due him by naming this tournament: The Ron Carmack Memorial Volleyball Tournament.”
    Final registration for boats will be 9am Saturday morning.  There are two categories for adults (13 & up) and children (12 & under), which are divided into 1-2 person and team divisions.  Trophies will be awarded in for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each of these divisions.
    The weather forecast for Saturday promises a sunny, albeit hot, day, so a large crowd is expected once again.  Those planning to attend the races are advised to arrive early.  Parking at Sandy Beach will be $5 and no pets are allowed on the beach.