Milk Fuels Spirited Competition at Dairy Farmers of Oregon Milk Carton Boat Race


Milk Fuels Spirited Competition at Dairy Farmers of Oregon Milk Carton Boat Race

75 racers competed on boats made with recycled milk cartons and jugs

Dairy Farmers of OregonHayden and Bob Kelly of Portland won Best in Show with their boat “Milky Way” at the fifth annual Dairy Farmers of Oregon Milk Carton Boat Race held Sunday, June 9 at Westmoreland Park Casting Pond in the Sellwood-Westmoreland neighborhood. Their names will be engraved on the shiny, perpetual milk can trophy.

Children and adults paraded their creatively crafted showboats and raced the width of the pond on hand-made boats floated entirely by milk cartons and milk jugs. The pond showcased many creative showboats from the “Banana Split” boat commanded by two scoops of ice cream to the “Narnia” boat that included Lucy and the Lion. The new mechanical advantage class featured boats with propellers, stern wheels and other creative contraptions.
“Many of the boats paid homage to the event with dairy themes including a dairy bus, dairy cows and a ‘lactose tolerant boat’,” said Pete Kent, Executive Director of the Oregon Dairy Products Commission. “Oregon’s dairy farm families enjoy hosting the boat race and supporting their local community.”

June 2009 marked the return of this classic Rose Festival event. It was revived by the Dairy Farmers of Oregon to celebrate June Dairy Month.

The bright, sunny day boasted 75 competitors racing 49 boats in front of a packed audience. There were many winners on Sunday including:

Showboat Category: larger than life boats designed for good looks
1st Place: Fawn Haase and Ericka Johnson from Oregon City, Ore., with their boat “Wave Bus-ter”
2nd Place: Sophie Abbassian, Myla Janssen and Julia Mescher from Portland, Ore., with their boat “Narnia”
3rd Place: Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District and the Natural Resources Conservation Service with their boat “Banana Split”

Corporate/Media Category: companies and other affiliated organizations
1st Place: Colton Snook (Darigold) from Milwaukie, Ore., in his boat “S.S. Darigold”
2nd Place: Rodney Hasey (Kroger Swan Island Dairy) from Portland, Ore., in his boat “Swan Island Dairy”
3rd Place: Shelly Brown (105.1 The Buzz) from Portland, Ore., on her boat “The ‘Buzz’ard”

Adult Category: ages 13 and up
1st Place: Colton Snook from Milwaukie, Ore., in his boat “S.S. Darigold”
2nd Place: Rodney Hasey from Portland, Ore., in his boat “Swan Island Dairy”
3rd Place: Bob Kelly from Portland, Ore., in his boat “Milky Way”

Adult Mechanical Advantage Category: boats with human powered devices including, propellers, stern wheels and other creative contraptions
1st Place: Adam Winiecki from Vancouver, Wash., in his boat “Milktacular”

Family/Multi-Rider Category: boats captained by more than one person
1st Place: Hayden and Bob Kelly from Portland, Ore., in their boat “Milky Way”
2nd Place: Sarah and Connor Given from Clackamas, Ore., with their boat “Enderman”
3rd Place: Noah Clark and Jeremy Johnson from Portland, Ore., with their boat “Skinny Cows”

Children’s Race: kids ages 7 to 13
1st Place: Portia Neth from Clackamas, Ore., in her boat “Loch ‘Neth’ Monster”
2nd Place: Isaac Nelson from Clackamas, Ore., in his boat “Incredible Isaac”
3rd Place: Lily Salimena from Portland, Ore., in her boat “Lil Moover”

Children’s Mechanical Advantage Category: boats with human powered devices including, propellers, stern wheels and other creative contraptions
1st Place Josiah Winiecki from Vancouver, Wash., in his boat “Milktacular”
2nd Place: Evan McClelland from Milwaukie, Ore., with his boat “Dairy Air”

Hayden and Bob Kelly of Portland won Best in Show with their boat “Milky Way” at the annual Dairy Farmers of Oregon Milk Carton Boat Race held Sunday, June 9 at Westmoreland Park Casting Pond in the Sellwood-Westmoreland neighborhood. Their names will be engraved on the shiny, perpetual milk can trophy.

Fawn Haase and Ericka Johnson from Oregon City, Ore., took first place in the showboat division with their boat “Wave Bus-ter”.

Sophie Abbassian, Myla Janssen and Julia Mescher from Portland, Ore., took second place in the showboat division with their boat “Narnia”.

Anchors Away! Children paddle their racing boat at the Westmoreland Park casting pond in Portland, Ore. This is the fifth year of the Dairy Farmers of Oregon Milk Carton Boat Race.
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6.14.2013