The Smithfield River Rat Regatta on the Neuse

Proudly Sponsored by Paddling for Pennies

If you missed this event last year, you don’t want to miss it this year!  The River Rat Regatta is our 2-man boat race on the Neuse River, with boats (and paddles) made using only cardboard, glue and duct tape!  (Oh My!!)  The race starts at the Front Street Boat Ramp, and continues to the finish line at the Highway 70 bridge.  Life jackets are required for everyone!  Helmets required for participants under 17, but recommended for all.

Awards will be given at 7:00 p.m. and will be followed by live music from the Justin Kyle Band until 9:30 p.m.  Five food trucks will be on site beginning at 4:00 p.m., including All-American Food Truck, Fired Up Wood Fired Pizza, Lugia’s ice Cream on Wheels, Pelican’s, and Tacos Costa Grande.


Jul 13 2019


4:00 pm - 9:00 pm


$25 before July 5th / $30 by July 12 / Day of $50

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Smithfield Town Commons
295 N. Front St., Smithfield, NC 27577
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