ITHACA, N.Y.—The 4th annual Cardboard Boat Race benefitting Family and Children’s Services of Ithaca took place Sept. 11

Competitors took to the water after putting their best boat-making foot forward to test how their crafts fared — most competitors ended up in the water at some point, cheered on regardless by the crowd on shore.

All photos by Casey Martin for The Ithaca Voice.

Zoë Freer-Hessler

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