JENNINGS RANDOLPH LAKE - The second annual Blue Dragon Boat Regatta was held Saturday at the Jennings Randolph Lake Shaw Beach, and six entries in the main event showcased what is possible with cardboard and duct tape.

By Jean Braithwaite
Tribune Correspondent
JENNINGS RANDOLPH LAKE - The second annual Blue Dragon Boat Regatta was held Saturday at the Jennings Randolph Lake Shaw Beach, and six entries in the main event showcased what is possible with cardboard and duct tape.
Certain rules did apply for the participants and this involved using only as much broken-down cardboard and as many rolls of duct tape as necessary to allow the handmade creation to stay afloat on a designated course.
Brandon Wigfield, of Cumberland, was the first boater to get to the finish line during the championship race, keeping his first-place status, as he was the 2018 regatta winner.
He said that he used over three rolls of wide duct tape, and he mentioned the secret for a fast cardboard boat was to make “a narrow construction.”
Accompanying Wigfield in the race was his daughter Carmelita, who is 5 years old.
The cardboard race involved two heats, with the winner of each then competing for the grand championship.
The boats that lined up for the first heat with the cardboard creations were named Titanic 1, Mountain Mama, and SS Smerl.
Winning this heat was the Mountain Mama boat and paddling the fastest to cross the finish line first was Ashley Centofonti, followed by Titanic 1, and then by SS Smerl.
The second heat was won by Shark Boat, manned by Wigfield and daughter, followed by SS Minnow, and Titanic 2.
The grand champion race between the two Wigfields and Centofonti ended with the Wigfield boat coming in first.
Prizes for the cardboard boat race were $100 for first place and $50 for second place.
Additional recognitions among the cardboard boats were: Most Creative, S.S. Smerl, with Karen Sutherland and Isabel Miller on board; Best Boat Design, S.S. Minnow, and piloting this boat was Kaiden McKenzie; and Best Team Spirit,  Jesse Courtney and Jacob Courtney in the Titanic I.
In the kayak race, four participants set out on the course, with Wigfield coming in at first place; again in the same spot he had finished in the 2018 race.
In this race, Elton Welton, of Moorefield, came in at the second place, followed by Jesse Courtney and Victoria Davis.
Those that sponsored the Blue Dragon Boat Race included Grant County Bank, Automated Packaging, Mineral County Parks and Recreation, Mineral County Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Jerry Whisner, Mineral County commissioner.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This article was changed from its original form to include the correct boat name of SS Smerl instead of Smert.