The tall ships on Presque Isle Bay this weekend will have some unconventional company: cardboard boats.

The Cardboard Boat Regatta will be held Saturday at the Erie Heritage Festival and Tall Ships Erie. the event is being sponsored by the Bayfront Center for Maritime Studies.

The Erie Times-News reports that the cardboard boats can take on many shapes, including that of a Viking ship, sharks, fish or other animals. The unusual shaped boats will compete in a 300-yard race Saturday on the East Canal Basin.

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