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Door County Classic and Wooden Boat Festival
Saturday and Sunday- August 12 and 13, 2017
Bay to Lake Lighthouse Cruise
A Special Pre-event Cruise/Reception for Registered Boats
Friday- August 11, 2017
Held each year during Maritime Week in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, the Door County Classic and Wooden Boat Festival is an event you won’t want to miss. In addition to viewing beautiful and fascinating classic and wooden boats, you can visit nautical displays, our Boathouse Sale, and the concessions tent. (hint: Grab a beverage and try the fresh locally-caught whitefish sandwiches) There are kids’ activities to keep young boat lovers busy and entertained. And to top it all off, you’ll get to visit the Door County Maritime Museum where you will be amazed at its terrific displays featuring the maritime history of the Door Peninsula. You can even tour the museum’s signature vessel, the century-old tug John Purves. Welcome aboard!
During the two-day festival you’ll cheer on the two-person teams competing in the Sikaflex Boatbuilding Challenge and race- it’s always interesting to see if their creations actually float. They build on Saturday and race on Sunday. On Saturday you should pick up a ballot and vote for your favorite boats in our Peoples’ Choice Selection. No professional judges here, we rely on the popular vote! Also on Saturday, you should plan to stroll through the Maritime on Madison street festival which occurs adjacent to the museum’s grounds. There’s great food, entertainment for young and old, and shopping, too! Stick around on Saturday evening to enjoy fireworks over the city’s waterfront and the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club’s annual Venetian Night parade. You can even cruise aboard the Chicago Fireboat located at the museum for a great view of the fireworks from the water. Sunday’s Sikaflex Races top off a terrific weekend. Plan to attend!
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