Mark your calendars now for next year’s festival, August 11 through 13, 2017!
We enjoyed great weather and big crowds at this year’s Classic and Wooden Boat Festival. 43 vessels were on hand for boating enthusiasts to enjoy. Everything was here, from classic wooden fishing boats to canoes, kayaks, sailing vessels, to beautiful mahogany wooden runabouts. The Coast Guard offered tours of the museum’s 41 foot Coast Guard Cutter and encouraged kids of all ages to “save their ships” in the Damage Control Simulator. Art lovers marveled at the original paintings and prints displayed in the museum- works by talented regional artists. The Kahlenberg Engine fired up providing a rarely experienced opportunity for fans of marine engines. The Chicago Fireboat and our tall ship, The Edith Becker offered cruises. Visitors enjoyed delicious locally caught Whitefish sandwiches expertly fried and drank refreshingly cool beverages. The Boathouse Sale offered “veteran” pieces of equipment for sale and anyone interested could buy a raffle ticket to win the museum’s newly built Whitehall pulling boat. Visitors toured the museum amazed at Door County’s maritime history, and of course, spectators enjoyed watching the building, racing, and eventual destruction of entries in the Sikaflex Challenge Boatbuilding Contest.