11th ANNUAL PORT OF TOLEDO WOODEN BOAT SHOW
“Sailing into the Future” is the theme of the 2015 Port of Toledo Wooden Boat Show, August 15th and 16th at the Port’s Marina and Waterfront Park at 127 NW A Street, Toledo. The show will feature the fleet of El Toros sailed by Oregon Boating Foundation’s youth sailors. The annual show is a full weekend of activity and entertainment for the entire family. Boat owners from throughout the Northwest gather in Toledo to display their classic, vintage, and hand-built wooden boats. Visitors can appreciate the boats, both in the water and on land, and have a chance to talk with the boat owners. Outstanding live music can be enjoyed at the Port’s Waterfront Pavilion. This year’s line-up includes great local musicians and features the Stevens Hess Band and Beau Teak. You won’t want to miss the fun at Toledo’s new Waterfront Park and the Marina.
This year’s Georgia Pacific Containerboard Boat Contest promises to be as exciting as ever. The competition will be tough as teams representing businesses, families, and youth groups countywide challenge each other for Best Design, and race to determine the fastest, most water worthy vessel. Don’t miss their maiden, and possibly only, voyage at 2:00 pm on Saturday. Prizes will be awarded…among them one for the Most Spectacular Sinking!
Family and Youth boat building projects will also be featured at the show. Local shipwright, Rick Johnson will be directing families in building their very own 15’ kayak, and Joe Novello will be leading youth in building 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 and frequently, artists can be found painting at the show, using the wooden boats and crowds of people as their inspiration. You can enjoy great food at the Toledo Downtown Association’s breakfasts on Saturday and Sunday mornings at the Pavilion, and later in the day try the Toledo Downtown Association’s Fish Tacos or see what is on the grill at the Loose Caboose, or at Enriques’ Authentic Mexican Food.
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: Oregon Coast Bank, Federal Relations, Toledo Ace Hardware, Dahl Disposal Service, Englund Marine, Georgia Pacific, Fishpeople Seafood, Pacific Maritime & Heritage Center, Abel Insurance Agency, Bigfoot Beverage Distributors, Toledo Feed and Seed, Bank of the West, Toledo Rotary Club, Yaquina Art Association, Greg Herkert DDS, JC Market, Oregon State Credit Union and Bayscapes Gallery & Coffeehouse.
Visitors can enjoy the Wooden Boat Show and enjoy Main Street Toledo just one block up from the Marina. Come on over to Toledo and enjoy this year’s Wooden Boat Show. For more information and to register for events, visit: www.portoftoledo.org/wooden-boat-show or call 541-336-5207.