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Seafair Milk Carton Derby

Photo compliments of Paul Gibson

Photo compliments of Paul Gibson

Seafair Milk Carton Derby

The Milk Carton Derby on Greenlake is Seattle at its creative best…and amazingly it is time again for the 43rd Annual derby that will take place on Saturday, July 13.  This year there will be nearly 100 milk carton boats of all shapes and design competing on the waters of Green Lake for fantastic prizes and of course bragging rights. The Derby is highlighted by a full day of “competition” as children, adults, families, and businesses build milk carton watercraft for show and racing.

2013 Schedule

8:30 a.m. – Registration and Inspection Opens

9:30 a.m. — National Anthem performed by Upward Bound in the Fifth Dimension

9:30 a.m. – Urban Surf Seafair SUP – Individual Race

10:00 a.m. – Open Category

10:45 a.m. – Racing Category

11:15 a.m. – Group/Commercial Category

11:30 a.m. – Urban Surf Seafair SUP – Relay Race

12:00 p.m. – Kid’s Area Programming

12:30 p.m. – Parade of Boats for Showboat Award Judging (non-racing)

12:45 p.m. – Seafair Team Challenge Boat Build Begins

1:00 p.m. – Military Category

1:30 p.m. – Seafair Team Challenge Race

1:45 p.m. – Racing and Open Category FINALS

3:00 p.m. – Awards Ceremony


Register now – Click Here


Go to the SeaFair Milk Carton Derby site for specifics on boat categories.

Boat Building Tips, Rules & Regulations

If you need help with building your vessel Click Here

For Official Rules & Regulations Click Here

Activities on Land

There will be plenty of activities on shore as well – including interactive displays and exhibits, autographs and picture opportunities (Seafair Clowns, Seafair Princesses, The SeaGals – and more!) and plenty of food booths!


There is a whole play space just for kids.  There will be two inflatables, the Seafair Clowns, the Seafair Princesses, face painting, and a booth by Clowns Unlimited. The Kid’s Entertainment Area will be at the southwest end of the event site.

Milk Carton Pick-Up

Interested in building a boat for the Seafair Milk Carton Derby? Do you need additional milk cartons for your raft? Smith Brothers Farms has generously donated thousands of milk cartons for your use. Please contact taylor@seafair.com or call (206) 728-0123 ext. 122 to schedule a time to pick up your 250-carton allotment at the Seafair Office (2200 6th Ave. Suite 400). Pick-up slots are available Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. while supplies last. Please note, you must be signed up for the Seafair Milk Carton Derby before you may pick up milk cartons.


  1. This sounds like fun, Charlie!

    • It is amazing fun; it is a city-wide party with our creativity on display. You will be amazed how beautiful the city of Seattle is and of course Green Lake which is the setting for this derby. If you have time, and you are in-town please drop by.

  2. That does look like fun! I enjoyed Greenlake a lot back in the 60’s.
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    • Everything evolves over time, but the essence of what makes Green Lake feel good has remained relatively constant. I think the thing that draws me there every so often to walk around the lake is that continuity. It is like visiting an old friend where you share a lot of history…oh and yes the derby is really great fun.

  3. Looks like a great amount of fun. I liked the one with the whale on the side and the one painted like a cow!
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  4. This looks like a lot of fun!

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