PRATTVILLE, AL (WSFA) - In Prattville, the July 4th holiday means food, family, fireworks, and fun and there's also some cardboard. A whole lot of it. It's their annual cardboard boat races.
"You're allowed two rolls of duct tape, two pool noodles, and all the cardboard you can bring," said racer Matt Burns.
"We did it last year, went ten feet, then sunk," said racer Michael Glass.
The rules are pretty simple. You get 30 minutes to make something that you can paddle across the pool. It seems like most of these duct tape engineers have a pretty good game plan.
"The game plan is to make sure the weight is distributed evenly and it doesn't take on water early in the race," said Burns. "After that just paddle to the finish line."
"I have an old foosball box and an old weed eater box," said Glass. "I'm going to throw them together and see if it floats."
Some of them floated pretty well. Others sunk, flipped, and fell apart and this year we had a new "world record". Dow and Evan Perry paddled their way to victory.
"We just got lucky," said Dow Perry. "We showed up and didn't really even have a plan. We just threw something together and paddled as fast as we could."
For others, it's back to the drawing board. And most of them plan on coming back next year.
"Next time we need to have our cardboard a little bigger to protect their weight," said boat designer Nicole Reed.