What is it?

We know that the folks at Smith Mountain Lake and the surrounding area love to have a good time. This is why we at the Chamber of Commerce and Skelton 4-H Center have gotten together to plan a race between boats made entirely of cardboard to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the lake that brings us together and drives our recreation.
The Cardboard Boat Regatta & Picnic Jamboree will be two days of fun, but the real work begins in March! Your team will register and pick up your starter packet of cardboard and start building your boat. On Friday, July 29, your boat goes on display for judging and viewing, and you will join us for a concert and food truck picnic at the Center! The next day is when the true test comes, though... The blast of the airhorn at 11:00am on Saturday, July 30 will begin the race to determine the winner!
Think you have what it takes? Take a peek at the rules below and return to this site in March 2016 to get your boat in the races!

Click here for a printable registration form to fill out and mail in.
Click here for a printable volunteer form to fill out and mail in.

Schedule of Events

Friday, July 29, 2016

Entry is just $10, kids 12 and under are free. 
5:00 pm Boats will be available to view at the 4-H Center
7:00 pm Picnic Jamboree Concert Begins with award-winning Texas fiddle music of The Quebe Sisters and local country favorites The Low Low Chariot! 
          Food Trucks onsite: Creole That, The Lick BBQ & Company, Two Roosters Kettle Cornand Viva La Cupcake!
Concert-goers are encouraged to bring cash for food trucks and tickets and picnic blankets, foldable chairs, and other sit-upons are welcome!
No outside food or drink allowed on Friday night.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Free to the Public!
9:00 am Volunteers begin checking in boats
11:00 am Qualifying Heats begin
2:00 pm Final Heats for the win!

All presented by Burchett-Dickinson-Payne & Associates, Eye Care & Surgery, Steidle Law Firm, Danville Distribution, Corrugated Container Corporation Big Lick Entertainment and WDBJ7 a signature event of the 50th Anniversary of Smith Mountain Lake!

About the Bands

The Quebe Sisters

When the Quebe Sisters from Texas take a stage, and the triple-threat fiddle champions start playing and singing in multi-part close harmony, audiences are usually transfixed, then blown away.
It’s partly because the trio’s vocal and instrumental performances are authentic all-Americana, all the time, respectful of the artists that inspired them the most.
And whether the Quebes (rhymes with “maybe”) are decked out in denims and boots or fashionably dressed to the nines in makeup, skirts and heels, the fresh-faced, clean-cut sisters, all in their 20s, look as good as they sound.
Not surprisingly, the Quebe Sisters win standing ovations at just about every show. It’s been that way since 2000, when they started fiddling together as pre-teens.
The sisters’ past is as colorful and eventful as their future is bright. Growing up in Burleson, a southern suburb of Fort Worth, Hulda, Sophia and Grace were ages 7, 10 and 12 in 1998 when they attended their first local fiddle competition in nearby Denton, and decided fiddling was what they wanted to do.
The girls earned solo and group accolades early on, winning state and national championships in their respective age groups in 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002.
The Quebes’ evolution from the whiz-kid Western swing fiddlers they were back then to the smokin’-hot young adult Americana band they are today is a remarkable story, by any measure.
Along with headlining their own shows to ever-growing audiences, they’ve shared stages with American music legends like Willie Nelson, George Strait, Merle Haggard, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Ray Price, Connie Smith, Marty Stuart, Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel, Riders in the Sky and many others.
Today, after more than a decade of travelling the U.S. and the world, and recording three acclaimed albums, Grace, Sophia and Hulda Quebe are pros in a variety of genres, and count many famous musicians among their biggest boosters.
The Quebes’ unbridled passion for American music, along with their talent, skills and a lot of hard work, have taken them far beyond their wildest early aspirations.
“One thing is for sure, you don’t see a group like The Quebe Sisters come along every day,” famed Opry announcer Eddie Stubbs told listeners on his own show on Nashville’s WSM. “Give them your undivided attention, and if you’re not already, you too, will become a fan.”

The Low Low Chariot

Singer-songwriter JD Sutphin toured for years with his rock outfit, Madrone, gaining thousands of fans and even radio support. But even with their success, his maternal grandmother told him repeatedly “Country music is gonna find you.” And one fateful Christmas it did, in a decades old stack of songs unearthed by his family, written by his own grandfather who died on July 4th, 1974, before he could record them.
JD’s grandfather, Jim Freeman, an incredibly accomplished country musician in his own right, toured with bluegrass greats Ralph Stanley and Bill Monroe. JD learned these once forgotten songs. He discovered a storytelling style of music that engulfed him to the point of making a pilgrimage to Nashville. He stood in front of the Ryman with tears and saw a path he needed to take. JD began to write his own songs on his grandfather’s prized Martin guitar. Within the first week he had ten songs unlike anything he had ever written. It was honest. It was simple. It was country.
He formed a band with seasoned players and named it Low Low Chariot, after his grandfather’s single “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”. Now performing live, releasing their first recordings and gaining die-hard fans daily; the Low Low Chariot is ready to continue their story and honor that fate and family that created them.

Other races, other places:

Springfield, VA "Lake Accotink Days": http://www.springfielddays.com/home/cardboard-boat-regatta/
Watkins Glen, NY "The Waterfront Festival": http://www.thewaterfrontfestival.com/cardboard_boat_regatta.php
Cape Coral, FL "Cape Coral Regatta": http://www.capecoralregatta.com/