EDINBURG - The Edinburg Parks and Recreation department will be hosting their third annual Cardboard Boat Regatta on Friday, March 17. The family-friendly event challenges teams to design and build a vessel made completely out of just two materials – cardboard and duct tape.

A successful boat not only has to hold its occupants while remaining fully buoyant in water, it must also make it across an Olympic-size swimming pool. In three separate heats, teams of two to four will dash across Edinburg’s South Park pool with only their cardboard paddles to propel them. The winners of each heat move forward until the finals. The first 30 boats registered will be given a spot in the competition, with kids, teens and adults each having their own division.

Many of the those planning to construct a boat are from the department’s Youth Connection Camp and other programs. This year, a few local schools will also participate along with repeat competitors like Edinburg’s fire and police departments. With no regulations besides the materials, the groups are free to get as imaginative as they want. So far, designs include an airplane and Pikachu from the Pokemon franchise.

However creative, history has shown that not all the boats will survive. But, those that met their watery end may still be awarded with one of the regatta’s many honors, including the “Perseverance” award, the “Ugly Duckling” award and the “Titanic” award - given to the team with the most spectacular sinking.

The fun begins at 2 p.m. at the Edinburg Municipal Pool on 125 E. Palm Drive. For more information, call 956-381-5631.