For the 13th Canada Day in a row, the Plywood Cup took over Wascana Lake to raise funds for local charities.
Thousands of spectators lined the south shore to watch people race boats made out of nothing but duct tape, a piece of plywood and a few nails – that’s if they made it across the lake.
This year, out of 16 teams, only one completely sank. Jason Gasmo, an event organizer, said that’s the fun of it.
Sink or float, Gasmo said Canada Day in Regina wouldn’t be the same without it.
“It’s become a staple of today, and I think it would be hard to (celebrate Canada Day) without it,” Gasmo said.
In order to be a part of the Plywood Cup, each team of four must raise $600 or more. The money raised goes towards the Raise-A-Reader program and the Hospitals of Regina Foundation.
This year, Gasmo was also lucky enough to compete – and even more lucky to win the Plywood Cup.
Regardless of his team’s win, Gasmo said it’s the crowd that makes the event worthwhile.
“It’s the people who come out to watch,” explained Gasmo. “Generally, everybody has a really good time.”