It was a day for the dogs on Sunday September 11, 2016. Two Men and A Truck- Akron hosted a cardboard boat race at Portage Lakes with all proceeds going to One of A Kind Pets located in Akron, Ohio. The race was not the only entertainment and for the event, 97.5 WONE was there to provide the music and giveaways and One of A Kind Pets brought some of the dogs that are available for adoption as well. Event visitors could also play some volleyball or toss a Frisbee around on the sandy beach on the beautiful sunny day. Sassy Dog’s and their portable hotdog stand came out to support the dogs and provide some delicious food. AUI was asked to sponsor a team to participate in the boat race and of course we could not say no!
Two Men and a Truck came up with four different chances to win an award: crowd favorite, most spirited team, best sink, and fastest boat. If your team one the fastest boat, you would receive a puppy play date from One of A Kind Pets.
Building a cardboard boat is a lot harder than it looks. Looking to the Internet for inspiration, we had to come up with a boat design that not only could float but also float holding five adults. Two Men and Truck provided the cardboard for everyone they also provided the rules of items that you could and couldn’t use when it came to your boat; only duck tape, glue and cardboard were the only items you could use. Once the frame of the boat was built it was time to start painting. We decided to turn our boat into The Mystery Machine from Scooby Doo and were going to dress up as the characters. From start to finish the boat took 2 weeks to build, 7 very large and thick sheets of cardboard, 4 large roles of duck tape, 2 bottles of glue, about a pint of paint, and 5 very enthusiastic and willing ladies who were willing to put in the time and effort to build and race the boat.
Race day had arrived; excitement and nerves were in the air. Boats and dogs were everywhere. In costumes and matching our boat, we were ready to race and to see how long the boat would last in the water.