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Clarksville’s Riverfest kicked Saturday off with Regatta Boat Race

RiverFest 2019Clarksville, TN – On Saturday, September 7th, the 2019 Clarksville Riverfest Regatta took place at the McGregor Park Park Boat Ramp at 1:00pm. Fan-favorite cardboard boat race is celebrating it’s 13th year.

The Riverfest Regatta is not your typical boat race. The boats racing down the Cumberland River were made of cardboard or plastic bottles along with a few other approved materials.

27 Teams took part in the 2019 Riverfest Regatta.
27 Teams took part in the 2019 Riverfest Regatta.

Twenty-seven teams competed not only for bragging rights, but trophies.

Kenwood Middle School had 12 students and 4 boats in the race.

“On our team at the school, we built one boat per home room over the past few weeks and we are here to compete with the rest of the youth programs,” said Kenwood Middle School teacher Brooke Kristina.

“No body got hurt. We are so thankful for the 27 teams that came out and participated. We look forward to an even better event next year,” stated Clarksville Mayor Joe Pitts.

“Come out tonight and enjoy the headliner, Montgomery Gentry. It should be a grand time, a big crowd and we look forward to a fun, safe time,” stated Mayor Pitts.

Trophies were awarded to the first, second, and third-place teams in each division.

Here are the full results

Adult Open

  1. Bippity Boppity Boo 1:52:44

Youth With Adult

  1. The Pearl 1:22:12
  2. Alebrije 2:39:85
  3. A Little Looney 2:39:91

Wendy's of Clarksville

NEW! Military

  1. Lancer Racer 2:05:38

Business & Industry

  1. USS Quirion 1:21:56
  2. Alpha 1 1:34:08
  3. Bad to the Bow 1:49:66


  • Worthy Float 2:11:07
  • Excalibur Team 2 2:24:62
  • Excalibur Team 3 2:58:36

City/County Government

  1. CPD Clarksville Police Department 1:21:38
  2. Greased Lightning City Garage 1:21:65
  3. Freedom Building & Codes 1:30:50


Ship Shape Award – Most Creative Boat Design Bold River Runner

Cardboard Queen – Prettiest Boat USS Quirion

Team Unity – Most Spirited & Organized Team Lancer Racer

Team Attire – Most Creative Costumes Toy Story

Titanic Award – Most Spectacular Sinking Boats & Hose


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About the Riverfest Festival

Riverfest brings more than 30,000 people to the banks of the Cumberland River in an arts and recreation celebration. The 32nd annual festival will be September 5th-7th, 2019. Music, art, family events, and more will fill McGregor Park. Admission and entertainment at the Festival are free and open to the public.

To stay up to date on the Festival, visit www.clarksvilleriverfest.com, like Clarksville Riverfest on Facebook, www.facebook.com/clarksvilleriverfest, and sign up for the festival newsletter. The Festival is brought to you by the Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department.

For more please call 931.645.7476 or visit www.cityofclarksville.com


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