Picture that famous "Little Rascals" soap box derby... only this race happens on water, using just about anything that floats.
Seaport Day in Alexandria -- featuring the aptly named Anything That Floats Race -- is coming up Sept. 26 at Waterfront Park (0 Prince Street, Alexandria, Virginia).
The race is only part of the fun. The Alexandria Seaport Foundation's Seaport Day is a six-hour bash with beer, wine and (of course) a chowder competition. The kid-friendly event will also offer educational exhibits, kids' activities and live music as you cheer on competitors sailing down the Potomac River.
The event is free, but there's a $100 race registration fee for those who want to compete. In addition to a boat exhibit, you'll likely see some boat-building before the event, when participants will construct boats using, quite literally, anything that floats. Cardboard, milk jugs and even old bicycles are on the list of permitted items.
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The Alexandria Seaport Foundation aims to help at-risk youth turn their lives around and provides families, community groups, and schools with meaningful experiences, according to its Facebook page.