Lake Bonham VFW to host Will It Float? on Aug. 20
By Allen Rich
Aug 20, 2022
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Bonham, Texas -- If you've always wanted to be the captain of your own ship, this is your chance. The only question is, will it float?

Lake Bonham Post 4852 Auxiliary will host the 5th Annual Will It Float event on Saturday, August 20, 2022.

Time is of the essence if you hope to make certain your vessel is seaworthy in time to shove off August 20 and sponsors need to sign up by Tuesday, August 16 in order to be listed on the banner.

Registration is set for 2:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. August 20, followed by a scheduled launch time of 4:00 p.m. Pre-registration is encouraged - text 214-498-4158 or email for more information.

Located at 1610 Mitchell Drive on Lake Bonham, the Lake Bonham Post 4852 is a 501(c)3 organization - all donations are tax deductible.

North Texas e-News coverage of the inaugural Will It Float event in 2014

Lake Bonham -- The inaugural "Will it Float?" event was a splashing success as fans lined the shore to cheer on homemade naval vessels that competed for prizes and bragging rights in the first of what is certain to be an annual fundraiser for Bonham VFW Post 4825.

The concept behind "Will it Float?," a reoccurring skit on The Late Show with David Letterman, created waves locally and generated lots of laughter Saturday afternoon when a wide variety of homemade watercraft were unveiled prior to the race.

At the starting gun, sailors shoved off and raced out to a buoy before paddling for the finish line at the shore. 

....and they're off!...

Judges painstakingly graded this year's entries using predetermined criteria, with trophies being awarded to the top finishers.

In all, seven ships put out to sea, with five safely returning to port and two finding out they really didn't work as well on the water as they must have on the drawing board.

Now that local nautical engineers know how much fun this contest is and with an entire year to design an entry, look for an expanded contest in 2015.


Judges were hard at work tallying the scores.


This speedy one-seater left the competition in its wake...


...but everyone had a blast...


...including the crowd!