Located in Toledo, Oregon, this free, family-friendly, weekend event on August 19-20, 2017 celebrates the historic traditions of wooden boats. Wooden boats from throughout the northwest are on display ranging from kayaks and canoes to work boats and pleasure craft. Featured events include Family Boat Building, Poker Paddle, Kid’s Toy Boat Building, Georgia Pacific Container Boat Contest, live music, food and vendor booths, as well as informational and historical exhibits and a silent auction to support the show.
The event is located on Depot Slough one block away from Toledo’s historic Main Street. Show hours are Saturday 10 am – 6 pm; Sunday 10 am to 4 pm, with pre and post events as listed on the Schedule of Events. There will also be Eclipse viewing from Waterfront Park on Monday, August 21.
This year’s show will honor retired Coast Guard Master Chief, Thomas McAdams. In his 27 year career, Chief McAdams was highly decorated and considered a legend in the Coast Guard’s small boat community as well as among the fishermen of the Pacific Northwest.
The Georgia Pacific Containerboard Boat Contest promises to be exciting again this year as our guest of honor, Chief McAdams, takes on all challengers. Local amateur containerboard boat builders will challenge each other to win prizes for the best design and then race to determine the fastest and most water worthy vessel. There is also a trophy for the Most Spectacular Sinking! Don’t miss their maiden, and possibly only, voyage at 1:00 pm on Saturday.
Family boat building projects will also be featured at the show. Local shipwright, Rick Johnson will be leading families in building their very own 12’ Stand Up Paddle Board and Joe Novello will be directing construction of 8’ prams called Elegant Punts. These groups build their boats during the show and wrap up Sunday afternoon by launching their new boats in Depot Slough. Show attendees are invited to watch the boat builders’ progress, and wave the new boat owners off on their maiden voyage Sunday afternoon.
Boathouse volunteers want to get you and your family out on the water; they will gladly outfit you with a boat and life-jackets so you can join in the fun. Boat rides will also be offered on the Port’s pair of Teak Ladies, vintage 19’ teak sloops.
At the Kids Toy Boat Building booth, all the supplies are provided to help children set their imaginations free as they create their own floating masterpieces with help from the members of the Toledo Foursquare Church. There will also be a putt-putt golf course as well as other kids’ activities. And we would be remiss if we didn’t mention that our favorite pirate will be back firing his popular potato cannon.
There is something for everyone at the show. Silent auctions will be held on Saturday and Sunday, with proceeds supporting production of the Wooden Boat Show. Artisan, vendor, and informational booths will be at the show as well as a selection of food vendors. The Toledo Downtown Association’s will have breakfast available in the morning at the pavilion on Saturday, Sunday and Monday mornings.
The Port and the Wooden Boat Show Committee would like to thank all those who have contributed to the success of the show including show volunteers and sponsors: Georgia Pacific, Oregon Coast Bank, Federal Relations, Toledo Ace Hardware, Dahl Disposal Service, Englund Marine, Fishpeople Seafood, Rogue, Siletz Boat Works, Pacific Maritime & Heritage Center, Bigfoot Beverage Distributors, Abel Insurance, Toledo Dental Care, Road and Driveway, Cedar Creek, and Toledo Rotary Club.
Come on over to Toledo and enjoy this year’s Wooden Boat Show. For more information and to register for events, visit: portoftoledo.org/wooden-boat-show or call 541-336-5207.