The hour-and-a-half-long event brought the community out for an evening of entertainment and excitement as the teams put their floating creations in the water for the race across the pool.
The competition was divided into three age groups: children 6 to 12 years old, teens 13 to 17 years and adults 18 years and over, and included schools and other local entities such as the Edinburg Police Department, Edinburg Fire Department, and Boys Girls Club.
“We are going to do a Moana concert, so lately we’ve singing those songs and automatically I thought of the kids and the sailing and all that,” Gonzalez said. “It makes sense — it’s on water, it’s about sailing — so it just seemed to be absolutely perfect and fit well.”
“I had the idea of the shape,” Layla Hogan said. “She (classmate Lerona Knight) had the idea on how to decorate it.”
The only requirement is that the homemade boat must be formed with cardboard boxes with tape as an adhesive including the oars. Additionally, only two to four members were allowed on the boat during the race.
“This was something they (Edinburg Parks and Recreation Department) put together to entertain the kids that are going through the program, but what I like is that they coordinated through the schools and got the adults involved. You saw the principals from Canterbury Elementary, so that was big to have them out here,” Molina said. “The kids get together and design their own boats. … The boats were nicely done and you can see the work. They went all out.”
At the end of the event, trophies were given out to the first, second and third place winners from each age category, as well as, trophies for special categories such as the best-dressed team, Speed Boat Award (fastest boat), Sea Horse Award (slowest boat), Titanic Award and Spirit Award.