Trophies will be given for first, second and third places in each age category. A “Grand Race Off” for the winners of each division will be the final race of the day. Awards will also be given for best boat construction, most unique design and team spirit.
But the real winners are Monticello’s Parks, Kreul said. The event is to raise money to help beautify them.
“We’ve worked with the Rotary Club for years and they’ve just been fantastic to work with as far as developing our parks system,” said Monticello Parks Superintendent Mitchell Billue.
Billue said one of the projects the parks department plans to pursue in the next year is a nature park that will include a waterfall and plants that will attract hummingbirds and butterflies.
Kreul constructed his own boat out of two refrigerator boxes with the aid of a book appropriately titled “How to Make a Cardboard Boat.” Describing it as having the appearance of a one-person kayak, he painted it black and gold and dubbed it “Papermakers Special” in homage to Purdue University.
“It takes a few hours to do it,” he said. “Always waiting for glue to dry, paint to dry.”
Come race day, Kreul said his strategy is to win with speed. After all, the logo of the team his craft pays tribute to is a locomotive blazing down a track.
“I think it will be safe and there will be a lot of interest for people not only in the race but people watching from the shore,” Kreul said.
Dan Oldenkamp, a Rotary member and assistant scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 154 in Monticello, assisted his scouts with a craft they plan to enter in the race on Saturday.
Finding plans on the internet, he and the scouts have spent several nights in his garage folding, shaping and gluing two refrigerator boxes into their vessel, reinforcing it with boxes from a grocery store and “lots of duct tape,” Oldenkamp said.