The 29th annual Antique and Classic Boat Show and Festival will be held Sept. 14 at Mariners Landing in Huddleston. More than 30 boats will be on display with many returning to the water for the first time in years.
Seven boats in this year’s show will be returning for the show. Alan Frederick, chapter president, said the club realized that several members were nearly finished with boat restoration projects and decided to make them a focus of the show.
One of the new boats this year is a 1955 Chris Craft that was out of the water for more than 40 years before it was purchased and restored by owner Bill Garrecht of Huddleston.
“It was a basket case,” Garrecht said of the boat when he purchased it in Greenwood Lake, New Jersey. He found it hanging in a barn near the lake.
Garrecht has spent the past eight years restoring the boat with his daughter who helped him throughout high school. She is now 23 and able to see how far the project has come.
While it will be included in this year’s show, Garrecht admits there are still more improvements to be made. “It’s really not finished,” he said.
The show will not only feature antique boats in the water, but also on-shore displays of early boating and nautical artifacts. There will be boat demonstrations, food vendors, as well as a craft and collectible vendors. This year’s show will also feature a youth judging event for children.
Participants will be given a people’s choice ballot to vote for their favorite boat during the show, which will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
While the event is free and open to the public, donations will be accepted. For further information, go to www.woodenboats.net or contact Alan Frederick at 352-8653.