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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -
Cardboard boats of all shapes and sizes took to the Mississippi river this afternoon at the Dubuque Marina and Yardarm. The boats were a part of The Great Cardboard Boat Race, a race that is in it's 5th year. The race challenges participants to create boats using different materials such as cardboard, tape, glue and paint to create a boat. Once created, the boats will then compete against one another for a short distance of about 45 feet in the marina. This year 15 boats of all shapes and sizes competed in The Great Cardboard Boat Race.
Steven Cann built one of the boats participating in this years race. His boat was in the shape of a tank.
"Last year I worked for UPS, so last year I made a UPS truck and it didn't do to well," Cann said. " I figured there had to be something bigger and stronger and what's bigger and stronger then a tank?"
The Great Cardboard Boat Race benefits Four Mounds Foundation and the Housing Education and Rehabilitation Training Program, or HEART. A program that is close to Cann's heart.
"My boat is called "Tank you Papa", it's about the HEART foundation, Cann said. "My Dad passed away about three years ago in October and we are trying to do this in memory of my Dad. He did a lot of carpentry work with the heart foundation."
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