Cardboard boat races new for Compass Project in Portland

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PORTLAND — An annual festival to raise money for the Compass Project will add a sink-or-swim element Saturday, July 19, when contestants build and race cardboard boats.

The festival runs from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at Pebble Beach and the Eastern Promenade, with live music from Jerks of Grass and The Faulkingham Project, and a “Rowgatta” open to any “seaworthy, human-powered vessel.”

The events replace the day-long boat-building festivals of the past, and organizers hope for at least 30 teams racing the cardboard boats.

Compass Project works with at-risk youth in York and Cumberland counties, providing practical education and leadership training through boat building. For more information on the festival and cardboard boat races, visit Compass Project at