BELFAST — Waldo County families are invited to build a cardboard boat for the Harbor Fest Cardboard Boat Challenge at the Waldo County YMCA on Tuesday or Thursday, Aug. 16 or 18, at 5 p.m.

The Waldo County Y will host the workshops in its gymnasium at 157 Linconville Ave. The workshops are intended to help families prepare for the Cardboard Boat Challenge on Sunday, Aug. 21, at Harbor Fest.

All materials for 20-30 boats will be provided. Volunteers will be on hand to help design and craft the boats. Race entry fees for children who build a boat will be paid by the Waldo County Y sponsors. This event is free and open to the entire community.

Participants will have time to design and build their boats according to the rules. All boats must be taken home at the end of the night.

Greg Dutch, chairman of the Cardboard Boat Challenge, said, “The cardboard boat races are always a fun way to wrap up Harbor Fest and I hope this event sponsored by the Y brings in even more people to enjoy it!”

Russell Werkman, Waldo County YMCA CEO and Co-Chair of Harbor Fest, said, “Helping children bring their nautical imaginations to life is one more way we can build them up and give them a better sense of themselves. There is nothing more fulfilling than designing and building something you are going to use.”

Werkman noted that four partners were critical to bringing this event to life. Macleod’s Furniture signed on without hesitation to provide the boxes. Viking Inc., Robbins Lumber and First National Bank/First National Wealth Management made early financial sponsorships to the Waldo County YMCA to make this type of community building event possible.