Wooden Boat Show is Saturday

The Spring Lake Wooden Boat Show will take place Saturday, June 2, at Mill Point Park on the Grand River Greenway.
Tribune Staff
May 31, 2012


This will be the ninth show in a community rich in boating history. The show is nestled between the Grand River and Spring Lake, with only a short boat ride to Lake Michigan.

The show attracts nationally known and other fine examples of wooden runabouts, utilities, canoes, kayaks and a classic glass category. Boats from Chris Craft, Century, Hacker Craft and Lyman, to name a few, as well as many custom-built boats will be on display.

This year’s featured boat will be “The turn of the century launch” with a 1904 Western Launch Co. 18-foot launch, “Duchess,” powered by a vintage single-cylinder Fairbanks Morse Type E engine; and “Frolic,” a 17-foot fantail launch, powered by a two-cycle, one-cylinder engine with direct drive. There will also be a 2012 electric launch, “Amped Up,” as well.

The show starts at 9 a.m. and continues until 3 p.m. with awards and a boat parade on Spring Lake. A children’s boat building table and float your boat pond, food, music, a wood-inlay artist, a wooden kayak builder and various wooden boat vendors will be part of the show. There will also be a display and participation from the Tri-Cities Historical Museum.

The show is hosted by the Village of Spring Lake’s Historic Conservation Commission, whose purpose is to help identify, promote and preserve the area’s rich history.


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