West Des Moines Chamber Opens Cardboard Boat Race Registration

WEST DES MONES, IA (July 25, 2023) – The West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce (WDM Chamber) is thrilled to open the registration for the cardboard boat race competition at the 3rd Annual Raccoon River Rally presented by Superstorm Restoration. Set to take place on October 14 at Raccoon River Park, the event will follow an annual tradition of competition and creativity and bring entertainment and excitement for everyone to enjoy.

The competition will feature a variety of awards to be distributed to this year’s winners. A panel of judges will determine this year’s winners and will receive a commemorative paddle featuring the Raccoon River Rally logo. This year’s awards feature Fastest Boat, Most Creative, Best Corporate Boat, West Des Moines Spirit Award, Team Spirit Award, and The Titanic Award.

“The cardboard boat race is an exciting tradition that we love bringing to the community every year,” said Katherine Harrington, President and CEO of the WDM Chamber. “It’s an event where contestants get to test their creativity, imagination, and collaboration. We hope to see everyone cheer on this year's contestants for the fun work that they’ll put together.”

All ages are welcome to participate in the competition and there is no limit regarding the number of people on a team. The number of heats (races) will be determined after all applications are received. Entries are confirmed on a first-come/first-served basis. Those interested in competing in this year's cardboard boat races can visit https://wdmchamber.org/boat-race-registration to register and must fill out the waiver attached to the link.

The Raccoon River Rally presented by Superstorm Restoration will take place at Raccoon River Park in West Des Moines on Saturday, October 14. This event is free to the community and will feature a variety of local food truck vendors, a Family Fun Zone, cardboard boat races, live music, and more. The event begins at 11:00 a.m. and concludes at 6:00 p.m. Those interested in attending can learn more at www.wdmchamber.org/raccoon-river-rally.
About Superstorm Restoration
Superstorm Restoration was founded in 2012 by Chandler Steffy after 15 years of working in the new construction industry.  With a motto of teaching and educating homeowners about the condition of their property, the company focused on the local community and has provided services for more than 10,000 property evaluations.  Superstorm Restoration has helped more than 3000 families with over $40 million in exterior restoration needs including roofing, siding, gutters, and fascia.
About the WDM Chamber of Commerce
The mission of the West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce is to champion all things West Des Moines by strengthening our area companies, providing personalized resources, and attracting a top workforce to position WDM as the best suburban city in America. A 2022 ACCE Chamber of the Year Finalist, the WDM Chamber produces programs and events for everyone. Learn more about the WDM Chamber and how to get involved at wdmchamber.org.

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