The Smithfield River Rat Regatta on the Neuse is scheduled for Saturday, August 14th, 2021, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
This is your chance to test your boat-making skills in a race on the Neuse River! Spots are limited, so sign up now.
The race is from the Boat Ramp, at 295 Front Street Smithfield, and ends at the Hwy 70 Bridge.
- Fastest (youth and adult divisions)
- Overall best decorated
- Overall Titanic award (most memorable sinking)
The only materials allowed for the boat is cardboard, duct tape, and glue. And the boat can’t be entirely wrapped in duct tape. The paddles must be made of cardboard as well.
There are a lot more rules, too. Read them all here.
Following the race will be live music by Blind Joy, a local classic rock band, until 9 p.m.
Schedule of River Rat Regatta
- 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Boat Registration
- 3:30 p.m.: Boat Judging
- 3:45 p.m.: Catains’ Meeting
- 4 p.m.: Regatta starts
- 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.: Live music
Rain date is August 28th, 2021. Look for updates on the Facebook event.