JOPLIN — For the last seven years, Bobbie Bohm and her family have participated in the cardboard boat race during the 10th annual Shoal Creek Water Festival held at the Wildcat Glades in Joplin.

JOPLIN — For the last seven years, Bobbie Bohm and her family have participated in the cardboard boat race during the 10th annual Shoal Creek Water Festival held at the Wildcat Glades in Joplin.

The festival included a wide-range of events from educational booths, a kids fishing derby, inner tube float, a shoebox boat race and cardboard boat race.

"I get to be a kid again and play with cardboard," said Bohm. "You know, it’s difficult to pass up a good cardboard box. Serious, participating in the Shoal Creek Water Festival is a great opportunity for a family and friends gathering; to help educate people on the importance of taking care of our environment; and it’s fun too."

And the love of doing the cardboard boat race is shown in her family.

Bohm explained all of the boats they have made and used.

• 2012 - 1 boat - USS Otis Clyde - after my father who was in the Navy during WW II- severed on the USS Alpine and USS Liscome Bay, he receive a Purple Heart Cluster

• 2013 - 2 boats - Go Fish (so we could yell GO FISH) and Slow Leak (was supposed to sink, but didn’t)

• 2014 - 2 boats - Lopsided Lolly Name says it all) and Gerturde (Great Aunt)

• 2015 - 3 boats - What’s Up Dock? , Wha-a-lot-a-wa-ta, and Kids Just Wanta Have Fun

• 2016  -6 boats - Joltin’ Joe (after my father-in-law), Red Rider, Little Red Rider,  Freedom Rider, Easy Rider, The Big Easy (Rider, family name)

• 2017  -4 boats - Flower Child, Digg Dogg 3000, Later Alligator, and Afterwhile Crocodile (well, if you have Later Alligator, ya gotta have Afterwhile Crocodile)

• 2018  -2 boats - Go Fish (new boat, I just like to yell GO FISH!), and The Big Easy (new boat after a nephew who built and raced the first The Big Easy)

For those who do participate in the race, one can't just make it in one day, it takes time and a lot of cardboard.

"I start collecting cardboard, as soon as the festival is over," she said. "Building usually starts in May. Most of the time is just waiting for the glue to dry. Get a lot of double fluted cardboard (usually furniture boxes). Then sketch/copy you boat design (lots of stuff on the Internet). Patch the holes in the cardboard with paper mache. Measure, draw, fold, crease, and glue the hull boat. Measure, fold, crease, and glue the bow and stern. Make and glue  bulkheads to both end of the hull. Glue bow and stern onto the hull. Patch hole again. Paper mache the entire boat. Paint boat with latex interior paint. Repeat the last two steps two or three times."

Overall, she enjoys it.

Asked how pleased she is to participate, Bohm said, "year number 7 says it all. I love seeing my nieces and nephews racing and enjoying the day.  Everybody is having fun (even the teenagers)."