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July 13, 2013 at 2:31 PM

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Whale of a Milk Carton Derby


ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Jeff Paquette is inside the belly of an orca as he readies one of three in a pod named "Just for the Fin of It" in the 43rd Annual Seafair Milk Carton Derby. More than 75 entries paddled across Green Lake Saturday. The body is made of garbage bags and the milk carton raft below provides flotation.

ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

The 43rd Annual Seafair Milk Carton Derby started with an Urban Surf stand-up paddleboard race of almost two miles across Green Lake.

ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

The crew of this Blue Angel fighter jet aren't in the U.S. Navy or in the military. Despite their fast-looking craft they're paddling vigorously to catch up to a Milk Carton Derby entry powered by three pink unicorns at the 43rd Annual Seafair Milk Carton Derby on Green Lake Saturday.

ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

A pod of milk-carton orca boats paddle across Green Lake.

ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

The crew of the SS Minion, Tim Smith and Ben Daniel-Smith, his son, swim to the dock after their milk-carton vessel broke apart during the Milk Carton Derby Saturday on Green Lake. Their craft is inspired by the animated movie "Despicable Me 2."

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