Thursday, June 23, 2011

River Festivals and Wooden Boat Shows

Nautical festivals and classic boat shows abound this weekend...

See boats like this at boat shows across the US this weekend. Photo © Nautical Sites Media

Each Thursday we write about all the upcoming boat shows and water-related festivities that are happening over the weekend. If you can't get out on the water you can at least be around boats and other folks with salt in their veins. The good news is that you won't have to go far - there are a bunch of river fests, water fests and boat shows around the world this weekend and we're going to tell you about them...

River Fests and Water Fests
There's nothing like a festival by the water to kick off the summer, and there are plenty of them this weekend, many involving boats. Fort Wayne Indiana is the home of the IPFW RiverFest and Boat Show on Saturday and Sunday, June 25 - June 26, 2011. If you're imported from Michigan, you'll enjoy the Detroit River Days event today through Sunday. Shark Fest 2011 is a Festival and Boat Show in Cape Coral, Florida, on Saturday and Sunday. In South Carolina the city of Conway is holding its annual Riverfest this Saturday. And Smyrna, Tennessee, is holding their Boat Day / Waterfest on Saturday. Specific dates and links to the official event websites are in the boat show calendar at First Boat

Wooden Boats
It seems like most of the boat shows this weekend are antique boat shows, which is fine by us. Those classic cruisers are a lot of work to own, but they're beautiful to look at. And you can see plenty of wooden boats at the following shows this weekend:
Lake Hopatcong Antique and Classic Boat Show in Mount Arlington, New Jersey
WoodenBoat Show in Mystic, Conn
Portage Lakes Antique and Classic Boat Show in Portage Lakes, Ohio
Again, specific dates and links to the official event websites are in the boat show calendar at First Boat

Around the World
If you happen to be way down under this weekend in South Australia, make sure you check out the Adelaide Boat Show in Wayville.

Drinking and Boating
Don't forget that Friday is the first day of Operation Dry Water in the United States, where patrols are stepped up to enforce boating under the influence laws.

As always, there are more details about these and other boating events this weekend, including links to the official websites, on our calendar of boat shows. If we missed an event in this article or on our calendar, please send us an email -


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