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Merrimack Library Cardboard Boat Race 2000!
Short photo essay of the 2000 Merrimack Library Cardboard Boat Race..
Last update: Tuesday, July 09, 2002

Well, this time it only took me 6 months to get the photo library online for the cardboard boat race.  I'm getting better!

This year, like all previous years was just, well, special!  It was fun, nerve wracking, exhilarating, educational...  All those participating; staff, boat builders and spectators alike, had a great time and a wonderful day!

With the following Photo essay's, I hope to capture some of the excitement and fun that was the rule for the day.  Special thanks go out to Pat Heinrich and Bruce & Sue Luhrs, without whom this event would not exist!

The photo essay's (albums) are located via the links below.  Enjoy!  Oh! And I love feedback, so feel free to drop me a note!

The photo at the top of this page is me crossing the finish line in the Merrimack Cup race with my canoe (Big Red) half submerged and me paddling like mad for the finish line!  The picture

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above is my son and daughter (Joe & Jen) climbing into the guitar boat (DreadNot) that they spent the summer building.  Many more pix inside!

The first 3 albums are photo essays of the construction of the 3 boats that the Flis family entered this year.  I hope you find it as interesting as I do how these things go together and how exciting it is to watch it take shape from a collection of old boxes to such a wonderful, functional craft.

NOTE: All of the photographs found in the photo albums below are available in higher resolution, some suitable for printing.   If you see a photograph from these albums that you would like to have, in higher resolution, feel free to drop me a line at jflis@hotmail.com   I have no problem emailing you copies (within reason, of course *S*) of these pictures for your own personal use.  However, All photographs found on Toad's Tavern website are copyright in the name of Jim Flis and I retain all rights to the use of these photos.  Please refer to my copyright page for details and information concerning fair use of my photographs.

Big Red Canoe This is the same photo album from 1999 but is included here for completeness.  Big Red is the first cardboard boat to compete 2 years in a row.  Big Red also has the distinction of being the only cardboard boat to win the Merrimack Cup two years in a row!
The Merrimack Belle River boat construction essay.  Boat designed and built by Jim Flis and Ken Coleman
DreadNot Guitar boat construction essay.  Boat designed and built by Jim, Joe and Jen Flis

A day at the races This album is a collection of pictures from race day, but does not include any of the races.  See the next photo album for race pictures!
And they're OFF! Here they are! All of the winners and the winners too (you see, there really are no losers when you have THIS good a time!)
Race Results, Festival 2000 List of all the trophy winners at the 2000 Merrimack Library Cardboard Boat Festival

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