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Latvians race milk carton boats

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 - 01:04

August 27 - The Milk Carton Boat Race features dozens of extravagant and colorful boats made of milk containers competing in the waters of the Lielupe River in central Latvia. Elly Park reports.

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Once upon a time Latvians were mighty seafarers, with overseas colonies stretching as far as Tobago and Gambia. Centuries later Latvians still have an inner seafarer spirit, that now manifests in unusual ways, such as the annual Milk Carton Boat Race. Held for the 11th time in the central Latvian city of Jelgava, the annual race features dozens of boats made of empty milk containers, assembled together in the most ingenious ways. And one contestant assures that these boats are quite sturdy. SOUNDBITE: Member Of Mohicans' Team, Igors Gobalovs Saying (Latvian) "It's like a Lego. If you have built it accurately, then you can do everything on board, even dance. Because one milk pack holds one kilogram of weight." Out of 36 competitors the prize for the most attractive float went to this smoking medieval castle, and this boat with a built-in fountain took the top prize for ingenuity.

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Latvians race milk carton boats

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 - 01:04