Celebrate Frederick

Celebrate Frederick: Bathtub Racers

Frederick’s 4th Frederick’s 4th

Bathtub Racers

The 2016 Great Frederick Bathtub Races will not occur due to ongoing construction at Culler Lake.  Celebrate Frederick looks forward to welcoming racers back in 2017 to a much improved venue!

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