Town Readies for Cardboard Boat Races

Supe challenges Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst for a rematch.

Competitive spirit was in full force on Tuesday as the town board discussed the upcoming cardboard boat races, which will take place for its third year this month.

The 3rd Annual Great Riverhead Cardboard Boat Race will be held on June 24 at noon at the Peconic Riverfront.

Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter said he is ready again to compete against Southampton Town Supervisor Anna-Throne Holst, whom he bested in last year's race during the supervisors' challenge.

On Tuesday, Walter joked that this year, he'd give Throne-Holst a two-edged panel, to better her chances. 

Councilman George Gabrielsen reminded that Throne-Holst is Norwegian, with roots to a sea-faring nation.

"Does he sound scared?" Walter joked.

Throne-Holt said she's ready. This year, she said, Flanders fire department volunteers have offered to help build her boat. "I'm looking forward to it," she said. "It's  a great event. I encourage the community to come out. I hope everyone has fun -- and everyone who is thinking about participating, should."

The event is free, and residents of all ages are urged to participate in a number of categories. Last year, both to enter a boat into the competition and just to observe.

"Come and watch," Walter added.


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