Get “Steamed-Up” at the 14th Annual Wooden Boat Show in Toledo, Oregon. This free, family-friendly weekend, August 18-19, 2018, will host the Northwest Steam Society at the Port’s Marina. In addition to a display of wooden boats ranging from kayaks and canoes to work boats, pleasure craft, and the Port’s fleet of Teak Ladies, the Northwest Steam Society will bring over 20 steamboats and will be offering free rides. Accompanying the Northwest Steam Society will be members of the Steam Automobile Club of America displaying Stanley Steam Cars including a 1911 seven passenger model 85, a 1918 seven passenger touring car, a Stanley 1907 EX, and a 1913 model 63 Torpedo Roadster. This is a great opportunity to meet the owners and builders of unique vessels and automobiles.
Featured events include the Georgia Pacific Container Boat Contest, Family Boat Building, Poker Paddle, Kid’s Toy Boat Building, 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 at the Port’s Waterfront Park and Marina at 127 NW A Street, Toledo, Oregon. Show hours are Saturday 10 am – 6 pm, with live music until 6:30 pm and Sunday 10 am to 4 pm.
The Georgia Pacific Containerboard Boat Contest is always an exciting event as amateur boat builders test the water-worthiness of their containerboard creations. Prizes are awarded for the favorite design, to winners of the boat races, and there is a special trophy for the Most Spectacular Sinking! Don’t miss their maiden, and possibly only, voyage at 2:00 pm on Saturday.
Family boat building projects are also highlighted at the show. Local shipwright, Rick Johnson will be leading families in building their very own 12’ Stand Up Paddleboards 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.
Small boats and personal floatation devices are available at the Water Recreation and Education Center Boathouse for visitors to participate in the poker paddle and boat rides will be available from many of the boats at the show.
At the Kids Toy Boat Building booth all of the supplies are provided to help children set their imaginations free as they create their own floating masterpieces. There will be a pond to test out their boats, watch steam put-put boats and remote control boats. Other kid’s activities are putt-putt mini golf and joining pirates to shoot the potato cannon at a fiberglass boat.
An exciting variety of local musicians will perform at the Waterfront Park pavilion stage all weekend. Oregon coast groups include Malarkey Stiles, Skip Jones and Paul Biondi, Frans Paul and the Beaches, the Bad Weeds, the Foulweather String Band and Weird Science. Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising from Salem will play Saturday afternoon. They are an award winning group performing original roots music. Lady Kat and Vicki Stevens of Portland will perform Sunday afternoon. These two powerful women are returning to the Wooden Boat Show with their own style of funk, soul, and rhythm & blues, and should not be missed!
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 Chamber of Commerce will have a pancake breakfast both mornings at the pavilion.
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, Bigfoot Beverage Distributors, Toledo Dental Care, Carson Oil, Alan Brown Tire Center, and Toledo Feed and Seed.
Don’t miss the Fun at the Port of Toledo’s Marina and Waterfront Park. For more information and to register for events, visit: https://www.portoftoledo.org/wooden-boat-show541-336-5207.