Day 3 of Riverfest: Cowboy bathtub racing!


WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – It is known as the biggest party of the year, and Saturday afternoon, several Riverfest goers raced in bathtubs.

The racers, in teams of three to four people, took to the water in stock tanks to race as fast as they could along the Arkansas River.

“We thought what better a birthday gift than to win the bathtub race,” said Domenic Forys, bathtub racer.

“I actually started the very first year, and we won and won almost every year since,” said Joshua Blick, bathtub racer.

The teams sharing that racing in large tubs is more complicated than it looks.

“It is not all about muscle. It is actually about some smarts, so it has some physics about it,” said Blick.

“Wing it! Don’t fall in. Yes, we don’t want to fall in,” said Arden Farrar, bathtub racer

Some teams like the Beavers, though lacking experience, took the cake. KSN asked the group if they had practiced before.

“Our bathtub is not big enough to fit all four of us, so we tried,” said Forys.

If you missed the Cowboy Bathtub races, the Cardboard Regatta Kicks off Sunday. Teams will have 90 minutes to build their cardboard boats and ride them along the Arkansas River.

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