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Photos: Cardboard, recyclables and duct tape keep fun afloat during the annual Derby Day boat race

It’s been ten years since the Pleasant Hill Aquatic Park held its first Derby Day boat race. The annual event consists of participants paddling across a pool in boats constructed of cardboard, recyclables and duct tape.
This year’s all-ages event featured seven boats and fourteen participants. Holding a minimum of two people each, the boats raced two at a time across the facility’s 20-yard, 4-foot-deep training pool under the supervision of lifeguards.
Although the boats raced primarily for bragging rights, this year’s winner was the boat “Don’t Sink”, crewed by siblings Matthew Johansson, 12, and Emma Johansson, 14, of Martinez. Awards were also given for Most Creative Design, Best Design, and, for the boat that sank the fastest, the “Titanic” award.
The aquatic park’s next event is the “Pumpkin Splash!,” to be held on October 15th from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The all-ages event will feature a floating pumpkin patch, a pumpkin decorating station, and carnival games.

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