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Vintage beauty displayed in Spring Lake

Julie Angell • Jul 21, 2015 at 2:34 PM

Boat owners agreed that Spring Lake's Mill Point Park was the perfect backdrop to showcase the stunning wooden vessels. The sun highlighted each boat's handcrafted beauty and even some of its new additions made that day by kids and adults passing by.

“They always collect the most fingerprints,” Allen Deming said as he gestured to several of his cedar strip canoes and kayaks.

Deming's boats drew a crowd the entire day and for good reason. Each canoe and kayak is named after a body of water in Michigan and takes an average of 200-400 hours to make. The boats are for sale, but if you'd rather look than buy, one of Deming's Looking Glass model kayaks will be on display at ArtPrize in Grand Rapids later this year.

Unique boats like Terry Petrowski’s bright, baby blue Mac Bay stood against the array of 54 boats. Petrowski is the only one he knows that owns Mac Bay boats. Boats like his also had the history of the make and model alongside it so people could get to know the boats better. Like most boat show participants, he said this year's turnout impressed him the most.

“This is fantastic,” Petrowski said. “Best I've ever seen it.”

The show also featured a boat building activity for kids, live entertainment and a boat parade. Winners of the people’s choice and captain’s choice boats were announced at the award ceremony after the show.

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