COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center is bringing a unique event to Whitley County this summer — the 2018 Great Boat Float through downtown Columbia City.

The Chamber challenges local businesses and nonprofits to pull together a team of four to create their own boat float — a float that looks like any type of boat — that the team of four can pull, push or carry through downtown Columbia City on Friday, Aug. 3, during First Friday.

Think outside the box — it needs to look like a boat, but move quickly down the street as pulled or pushed by a team of four people.

Floats will be first paraded through the downtown at 7 p.m. Floats will be judged on creativity and originality.

Decorations can be removed before floats are raced through the downtown in heats. The winner will receive a prize.

“Our Great Boat Float is a nod to the summertime fun Whitley County residents enjoy on our local lakes — but we’re challenging local businesses and organizations to get creative, make a boat that doesn’t necessarily float and move it throughout downtown,” said Jennifer Romano, executive director of the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center. “We’re excited to partner with First Friday in presenting this fun summer activity.”

Team registration is $100, which includes a shirt for each participant. The winning race float will receive a $100 Chamber Bucks prize. The most creative float will also receive a prize. The registration deadline is Friday, July 27, at noon.

For a registration form and boat guidelines, contact the Chamber at 248-8131 or email