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Contestants try to do whatever they can to float their boats during Monson Summer Festival

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TRYING THEIR BEST TO STAY AFLOAT — Over a half dozen groups of paddlers tried to traverse the Lake Hebron cove from the boat launch to the Lakeshore House dock during the Anything Floats Race on the afternoon of Saturday, July 21 during the annual Monson Summer Festival. The “Blue Lightning” float ended up reaching the finish line first to claim top honors with the “Pirate Ship” coming in second and “Magic Carpet Ride” and the “Sunken Canoe” tying for third place. “False Trail” earned a ribbon for the most creative float and the Lakeshore House entrant earned most comical honors.

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BLUE LIGHTNING — The “Blue Lightning” float earned top honors in the Anything Floats Race on July 21 during the annual Monson Summer Festival. Entrants construct their craft out of materials not normally intended for boats and they then need to use non-mechanical means to travel from the boat launch to the Lakeshore House dock, ideally not sinking and taking on too much water.

Observer photo/Stuart Hedstrom
ALMOST TO SAFETY — The Lakeshore House float earned a ribbon for most comical entrant in the annual Anything Floats Race during Saturday’s Monson Summer Festival. The float participants had some help getting across the cove, at times being pursued by a rather ominous looking canoeist.

Observer photo/Stuart Hedstrom
AHOY MATEY! — A Pirate-themed float, which fired off a replica cannon blast soon after the start, came in second in the Anything Floats Race on Saturday afternoon on Lake Hebron in Monson. Prizes were awarded to the top three finishers as well as a pair of judge’s choice recipients with winners receiving Lakeshore House gift certificates.

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ON A MAGIC CARPET RIDE — The “Magic Carpet Ride” float and a sunken canoe tied for third place in the 2018 Anything Floats Race on Saturday as part of the Monson Summer Festival.

Observer photo/Stuart Hedstrom
SINK AND SWIM — The “Sunken Canoe” entrant in the Anything Floats Race on Saturday in Monson tied for third place in the competition.

Observer photo/Stuart Hedstrom
MOST CREATIVE FLOAT — The “False Trail” float earned a ribbon for the most creative entrant in the Anything Floats Race as part of the annual Monson Summer Festival.

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