Kansas City residents travel the river using trash

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- While a lot of us go the pool to cool down on a hot summer day, others enjoy floating down the river on pieces of trash...literally. It’s all part of the Kansas City Trashboat Regatta.

"I decorated, see the propellers, we got the flags," participant Michael Kenny said.

Michael Kenny, 13, is proud to show his boat off.

"We also got our weapons! We're armed. So beware," Kenny said.

He designed it and his family helped him make it. They spent weeks creating it, without spending a dime.

"This is a hot tub lid and a bunch of Styrofoam we found and we tied it all together with a bunch of rope. The wheels are from a bike trailer," Corinna West said.

Some boats were motored by bicycles and floated with the help of Styrofoam.

"Mines all made out of old lumber," participant Matthew Lloyd said.

With some final touches, it was time to find out if the trashboats would sink or swim.

"It's a lot of fun. It's actually quite beautiful and peaceful out on the river. It's an interesting challenging design to think about how we make it all work," West said.

A project without a budget, teaching both the young and old, unique memories can't be bought.

"Almost everything in life can be fun and free it's just a matter of being creative," West said.

This is the fifth year for the event. Organizers say each year more and more people participate.

For more information head to trashboat.org

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