Future Murky For Cardboard Boat Race In Crystal Lake

Bernie Tafoya
August 06, 2019 - 7:51 pm

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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- For more than 30 years, the Cardboard Cup Regatta has been held along the Crystal Lake Main Beach with people constructing boats of a variety of shapes and sizes out of cardboard, getting in them and racing.

Now, the popular event faces big waves as organizers try to determine its future. 

Cardboard Cup Regatta Chairman Bryan Javor says he needs to hand over the reins of the organization to someone else because he doesn’t have the time, with all of his family obligations.

"I ran it for, basically, a decade,” he said. 

Javor says a number of charitable orgnizations have benefited from the Regatta each year, and he hopes that continues. 

Kim Buscemi of the Crystal Lake Park District said other options are being examined to keep the race afloat.

Javor says the regatta could be given to a non-profit to run for its own benefit, or the Crystal Lake Park District might take it over.

A decision will be made at the end of the month.