Parks & Recreation
River Rat Regatta

Holiday and Annual Events


Join us on Sunday, June 30th, beginning 6:30pm as the Town of Smithfield gets an early start on July 4th!!  Before the fireworks begin, come enjoy crafts, relays, sidewalk chalk, jump ropes, hula hoops, face painting and more!!  Fun begins around 6:30pm, with fireworks around 9pm.



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.  

For detailed Rules and Requirements, pick up a packet at SRAC, or print one off here  /upload/page/0056/2019 RIVER RAT REGATTA PACKET.pdf

You can register at SRAC, or online at

Registration Fees (per boat) as follows: 

Through July 5th - $25; July 6-12 - $35; and Race Day Entries (if slots still available) - $50.

ALL entries must be checked in, sign all Waivers, and have their boats in the "Yacht Club" by 3:30pm for the "Captains" Meeting and judging.  

Following the race, stick around to enjoy food trucks and a band at 7pm!

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