At the recent national Inland Waterways Festival weekend held in Cassiobury Park, Watford, the Wey & Arun Canal Trust (WACT) stand won the trophy for the Best Non-Commercial Stand and a £100 cheque towards the canal's restoration.
The competition is sponsored by "Canal Boat" magazine who judged the WACT stand as being both eye-catching and popular with children.
What really impressed the judges was the "mouseboat" in front of the stand.
Built in May 2005 by WACT member, Richard Emsley, the mouseboat design was first used at the opening of the Trust's restored Haybarn Swing Bridge.
A mouseboat is a light, easy to build and stable platform for a kid learning to use a boat, as well as being popular with adults. It is small enough to build in a garage and easily carried on a roof rack.
It was an instant hit with children who couldn't resist climbing in and imagining themselves on the canal.
Dave Verrall, one of the Trust's publicity team, said "From the judge's comments we learned that we won the award because of the instant appeal of our stand. It was Richard's boat that really won the trophy for us and throughout the weekend we had visitors asking all about restoring the Wey & Arun Canal".
The trophy was presented by Paul Chilvers of the Inland Waterways Association
and accepted on behalf of the Trust by Peter Marchi, WACT exhibition manager.