Celebrate Frederick

Celebrate Frederick: Bathtub Racers

Frederick’s 4th Frederick’s 4th

Bathtub Racers

Returning to Culler Lake once again in 2015 – The KEY103 Great Frederick Bath Tub Races. Stop by to see 16 teams racing from north to south on the lake in 1 vs. 1 match ups.

General Race Information

This annual event will take place on Culler Lake in Baker Park. The event will feature a maximum 16 teams racing from north to south on the lake in 1 vs. 1 match ups. The races are scheduled to run from 12:30 to 4:10, one race every 10 minutes. Winning teams advance to the next round of races.


Prizes will be awarded in the following areas at the close of the event:

  • Great Frederick Bathtub Culler Lake Cup Champions – $1,000
  • Runners Up – $400
  • Best in Show (Most Creative) – $100
  • Golden Plunger (First to Sink) – $100
  • People’s Choice – Prizes(s) TBD


Bathtub Race Registration Fee – $20 per craft

Registration fees can be submitted with your application via Cash or Check (Payable to Celebrate Frederick)

Application & Deadlines – DEADLINE EXTENDED!

Click here to download a copy of the 2015 Great Frederick Bathtub Races application.

All applications must be received by Friday, June 26th at 4:00 pm. Your completed application and registration fee are required for race consideration:

  • Mail – Office of Special Events, 121 N. Bentz Street, Frederick, MD 21701, ATTN: Great Frederick Bathtub Race
  • Fax – ATTN: Great Frederick Bathtub Race @ 301-600-2849
  • Email – Jen Martin at jmartin@cityoffrederick.com

All applications submitted will be reviewed and acceptance determined by the Frederick’s 4th Bathtub Race Sub-Committee. If approved, you will receive an email or phone confirmation. A formal confirmation package (event map, parking and booth permits) will be mailed to you closer to the event.

Looking for a Tub?

Complimentary Tubs

Special thanks to Thomas Sommerville and O’Connor Plumbing & Heating for the donation of tubs in 2015.  If you would like access to a complimentary tub please indicate on the Bathtub Race application form.

Buying a Tub
If you are interested in buying a particular type of the tub the retail locations below offer tubs at a range of prices.  Be sure to ask if they have any scratch and dent tubs which you might be able to purchase at a reduced price:

  • Lowe’s
  • Home Depot
  • Thomas Sommerville
  • Nolan Company
  • Fergusons

Practically Free or Free Tubs
Freecycle, Craigslist and Habitat for Humanity ReStore have daily changing inventory, so check often.

And finally, do not forget plumbing contractors or kitchen & bath remodeling companies – they have to put the old tubs someplace right?

Good luck and be sure to share if you have found a great resource for tubs!

Contact Information

Jen Martin at 301-600-2844 or jmartin@cityoffrederick.com