Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun July 5, 2015
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Justin Kish paddles while gaining on the competition’s boat, manned by Stephen, left, and Lukas Pate, which is falling apart feet from the finish line at Sandy Beach in Heber Springs during last year’s World Championship Cardboard Boat Races. Battling for the lead along with Kish are his boat mates Shawn Rhoades and Aaron Dorton.

Row for the gold

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Julie Murray, executive director of the Heber Springs Area Chamber of Commerce, said “the most exciting part” of the 29th annual World Championship Cardboard Boat Races is the theme: Flip-flops and Pop Tops. It’s a tribute to laid-back longtime singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett. Participants don’t have to be Parrotheads to compete, but his fans might have the edge. “You can copy his island style; you can use lyrics to one of his songs to ... READ MORE

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