Our annual spring fundraising event is hosted each April by Marine Discovery Center and Artists’ Workshop, Inc. and includes an array of activities such as kayaking, face painting, carnival games, arts & crafts, live mermaids, and our exciting cardboard boat race!

Also featured at the event is a great selection of local vendors, food trucks, beer, and much more.
This year we’ll be showcasing our brand new Hunter Amphitheater with live music and presentations.
Make sure to stop by the amphitheater booth and Buy-A-Brick!

$5.00 Admission | Kids 10 and under FREE

All proceeds benefit our mission to protect and restore the Florida coastal and Indian River Lagoon ecosystems
through education, research and community stewardship
Please check back as we continue to update this page.


Full Event Schedule Will Be Coming Soon!



Friends, schools, businesses, and group boats are encouraged. Work together and build a boat that will float!!!

Race Categories:
1) Adults (18+)  2) Ages 10-17  3) Ages 9 and under

Fabulous prizes!
• Trophies for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place in each category •
includes MDC t-shirts for all winners and Costa sunglasses for 1st place in the adult category
• Most Creative Award •
for boats with a lagoon theme
• Titanic Award •
for most spectacular sinking
• Crowd Favorite Award •


Cardboard Boat Race Registration Information

To register your boat you will need to complete two separate steps – online registration and payment.
If you have been directed to this page from the online registration form, you can go directly to Step Two for payment. Otherwise, please register first before submitting payment.
Step One: Register
Online Registration
Step Two: Pay


Entry Fees

Registration is per boat and includes 1 free Lagoonacy admission

All boats must be checked in and on site by 11:30 am day of race
Maximum of 25 boats per category. Registration will be closed when maximum is reached in each category.
Heats of 5 boats will be run until all boats have completed the course.


• No supplies other than cardboard and duct tape may be used. This means no Styrofoam or pool noodles for added flotation. No waxed cardboard is allowed.
• No more than 500 ft of standard duct tape may be used. Colored duct tape is allowed.
• No paint or glues
• Paper and cardboard decorations are allowed.
• Crew members must wear life jackets (available at MDC).
• Crew members must be able to carry the boat to the water edge.
• Kayak paddles are available at MDC.
• Wear water shoes or shoes that can get wet
• Everything (boat, boat parts) must be removed from marsh at end of heats
• Waiver/hold harmless clause must be signed by all participants


• The race course is on the marsh which is about 2’ feet deep
• There is one turn around a marker in the middle of the race
• Use large pieces of cardboard, such as appliance cartons. Unnecessary folding and taping will weaken your boat
• A 1’x1’ boat will float 70 pounds. Plan accordingly
• Longer boats go faster but are harder to turn
• Boats shorter than 6’ are difficult to steer straight
• Flat bottom boats are less likely to tip than v-shaped bottoms
• Sitting in the boat lowers your center of gravity so you are less likely to tip than kneeling or standing
• Use paddles to move boat through the water


Danny + Joy | 11:00 – 11:30 am
Danny + Joy are a singer-songwriter duo group from Florida, formed in 2016 by husband and wife Danny and Joy Davis. Their music is influenced by a combination of folk, indie, rhythm & blues + a lot of heart.

Willow | 11:45 am – 12:30 pm
WILLOW is a musical quartet from the Central Florida area. Patty Kenyon on acoustic stand up bass and electric bass guitar. Kristen McMahon on vocals, percussion, and guitar. Cheryl Anderson on vocals and guitar. Bill Winborne on saxophones, guitar, and vocals.

Neon Rockits | 12:45 – 1:30 pm
The Neon Rockits were formed when four seasoned Central Florida musicians joined forces to create a band solely for the purpose of reviving the fabulous fun music from a special time period in American culture. The Neon Rockits style is based upon the sounds of Sun Records artists and other artists from the 1950s and 60’s.  Heavy influences for The Neon Rockits are Elvis, Eddie Cochran, Carl Perkins, Buddy Holly, and Bill Haley and His Comets.   Most of The Neon Rockits songs derive from this time period, although they do include some popular songs from other artists. Band members are: Jeff Bishop on lead guitar and vocals, Bill Winborne on sax, guitar, and vocals, Dave Costello on drums, Jimmie Smith on bass and vocals.

Budapest String Band | 1:45 – 2:30 pm
The Budapest String Band is an established Central Florida band.  BSB consist of four members with diverse styles from Bluegrass, Roots, Country and Folk Music. Members are: John Cholewa: Banjo, Mandolin and vocals; Steve Bailey: Bass, Guitar, Mandolin and vocals; Mike Scures: Upright Bass, Guitar and vocals; Jim DeFilippo:Guitar and Vocals

The Guise | 2:45 – 3:15 pm
A group of musical friends of MDC’s own Capt. Guy have formed a group called The Guise. This tight knit group of musicians have known each other since high school and have played together for the last 50 years in many different groups. They have never lost touch with each other and love to get together to reconnect and play music of the greatest groups from the 70’s and 80’s. They add their own flavor of instrumentation in an easy listening format.

Lex Groovius | 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Lex Groovius (‘the law of groove’) is a Treasure Coast tour-de-force playing music that moves you…body and soul. We play the best of yesterday and today and believe that good musicianship and good times are essential. Lex G features extended jams from Mike Twardowski (guitar, vocals), Mike Koors (guitar), Matt Ajemian (bass), and Jeff Beal (drums, vocals). Lex Groovius is a cover band…but this ain’t your daddy’s cover band.


New this year at Lagoonacy: Conservation Conversations! This will be a series of short, informal presentations on a variety of fascinating topics happening inside The Artists’ Workshop Studio C throughout the day. All speakers will have live creatures and/or hands-on props and displays.

Sea Turtles  |  11:30 am
Christina Phillips is the sea turtle lighting specialist for Volusia County Environmental Management’s sea turtle program.

Birds of Prey  |  11:30 am
Gina Holt, who founded Wild About Birds, Inc, has been rescuing and rehabilitating birds for over 15 years and has the privilege of being able to showcase some of her rescued raptors to the public.

Right Whales  |  12:30 pm
Julie Albert has coordinated the Marine Resources Council’s North Atlantic Right Whale Program for 20 years.

Snakes  |  1:00pm AND 2:30 pm
Rich Colesanti is a Florida Master Naturalist who previously worked at the Marine Science Center for 8 years and has been at the Reptile Discovery Center since 2015.

Dolphins  |  1:30 pm
Wendy Noke joined Hubbs-Seaworld Research Institute in 2000 and co-directs the HSWRI Marine Mammal Stranding Program in Florida.

Bears  |  2:00 pm
Janelle Mussler is from the FWC Black Bear Management Program which helps maintain sustainable black bear populations in suitable habitats throughout Florida for the benefit of the species and people.

Composting  |  3:30 pm
Liam Michelbrink from Blue Carbon Compost is helping with our composting here at Lagoonacy and in our local community with both residential and commercial composting services.

More speakers are being added to the schedule, so please check back for updates!!



Lagoonacy is an annual fundraising event held at the Marine Discovery Center each April with the goal to educate and involve the local community in our missions here at MDC. This family-friendly, fun filled event will offer local visitors a variety of eco-based activities as well as the opportunity for organizations such as yourself to promote their own conservation and outreach efforts. Some of the activities for the day include fishing and kayak clinics, arts and crafts, cardboard boat race, live mermaids and much more!

Please join us in offering the local and visiting community the opportunity to learn and have fun!

Contact Logan Rohrbach at for questions & more information
on commercial, non-profit, and food vendor registration for Lagoonacy 2019. 

Vendor Registration Form



MAKE A DIFFERENCE …and connect to your community.

It’s a win-win.

Sponsoring the Marine Discovery Center through our annual Lagoonacy event provides you with the unique opportunity to connect with the central Florida community, to build brand awareness and show your support for two great causes: children and the environment. Your support will help us expand our citizen science work, restore critical habitat, create “the next generation that cares”, and protect the Mosquito Lagoon.

About the Event

Lagoonacy is a celebration of the insanely fascinating and beautiful Mosquito Lagoon. With over 2000 people attending, it’s the perfect opportunity to become part of one of the biggest events of the year with fun, food and festivities experienced through art and marine discoveries.

If you have questions about becoming a sponsor for Lagoonacy 2019,
contact Chad Truxall at

Sponsorship Packet

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