Story by Bud Shoemake, Port Manager
“The Art of Craft” is the theme of the 2012 Port of Toledo Wooden Boat Show happening on August 18th and 19th. The theme celebrates the craftsmanship of small boat building. 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 new wooden boats. Visitors can appreciate the boats, both in the water and on land, and have a chance to talk with the boat owners. If you choose one event this summer to attend with family, this should be it. You won’t want to miss the fun at Toledo’s new Waterfront Park and the Marina.
In addition to the traditional activities, this year the show is adding a new event that is sure to be a crowd favorite…the GP Containerboard Boat Regatta. Teams all over the county have been working in secret to make sure that their design remains a surprise. Don’t miss their maiden, and possibly only, voyage at 3:30 pm on Saturday. The competition will be tough as teams representing businesses, Chambers, and City staffs from throughout the county take to the water. Prizes will be awarded…among them one for the Most Spectacular Sinking!
Master boat builder, Carl Chamberlin of Pt. Townsend, Washington and local boat-builder Rick Johnson will return this year to assist six lucky families to build their very own ‘Nuf’ boats. This 3-day activity starts on Friday and ends on Sunday with the launch of the boats in Depot Slough. The Yaquina Run-Off is a non-motorized boat race held on Saturday morning beginning at 11 am. Registration which can be done on the Port’s website or at the event is required for this event. Canoes, Rowboats, Kayaks, Standup Paddle Boards, and Rowing Shells will take to the water in both an upstream and downstream race. Attendees can also enjoy getting out on the water to play Poker Paddle in boats supplied by the Toledo Community Boathouse. The winning hand takes the 50/50 purse prize. 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.
The Toledo Community Boathouse is a center of activity all year long lead by the Wooden Boat Show’s Volunteer of the Year, Andrew Linn who gives his weekends to working with the kids. At the Show, the Boathouse volunteers want to get you and your family out on the water; as a result; they will gladly outfit you with a boat and life-jackets so you can join in the fun.
Two silent auctions will be held – Saturday and Sunday, with proceeds going towards putting on the Wooden Boat Show. The community has been generous in donating quality items to offer. Rumor has it that the bidding wars have already begun for some pieces including a gorgeous Native-American Gourd from artist Carroll Loomis. Other artists will be on hand to paint the show, using the wooden boats and crowds of people as their inspiration. All weekend long, outstanding live music can be enjoyed at the Port’s new Waterfront Pavilion. This year’s line-up features internationally known guitarist Dan Crary.
Here’s a complete list of events over the Saturday/Sunday event on Toledo’s waterfront:
2012 WOODEN BOAT SHOW
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
SATURDAY, AUGUST 18
10 AM – 6 PM
8 –11AM Toledo Chamber Breakfast
9 AM Begin Registration for Containerboard Regatta
9 -12 Yaquina Run-Off Registration (must register before safety briefing)
9 AM–4PM Family Boat Building
10 AM Boats on Display
10 AM Silent Auction Begins
10 AM – 3 PM Poker Paddle
10:30AM Safety Briefing Meeting-Pavilion (Rowing Shells & Rowboats only)
11 AM Yaquina Run-Off begins
11:15 AM “CLEAN SLATE” – Originals & Grateful Dead
11:30 AM Kayak Safety Demo
11:30 AM-4 PM Toledo Downtown Association serving Fish Tacos
12:40 PM “BRINGETTO & CAMERON” – Jazz Orchestra
1 –4 PM Pirate Terry and the Perilous Potato Cannons!
2 PM “LUCKY GAP” – Blue Grass & Americana
1:30 PM Kayak Safety Demo
3-3:30 PM Blessing of the Boats
3:30 PM “DAN CRARY” – World-renown guitarist playing Americana
3:30 PM Containerboard Boat Regatta
5 PM Awards Ceremony
5 PM Silent Auction Closes
5PM “THE PURPLE CATS featuring HENRY COOPER” – Blues
SUNDAY, AUGUST 19
10 AM – 4 PM
8 -11AM Toledo Chamber Breakfast
9 AM – 4 PM Family Boat-Building
10 AM- 4PM Boats on display
10:30 AM “SEA NOTES” – A cappella and Barbershop
11:30 AM-3 PM Toledo Downtown Association serving Fish Tacos
11:30 AM “STEVE COOK TRIO” – the music of James Taylor & Cat Stevens
11:30 AM Kayak Safety Demo
12:45 PM “ELIZABETH CABLE” – Rock/Jazz/Original
1:30 PM Kayak Safety Demo
2:15-3:15 PM “SONS OF BEACHES”- alternative folk, rock, originals
2:30 PM People’s Choice Award
3 PM Silent Auction Closes
3:30 PM Launching of Family Built Boats
4 PM Wooden Boat Show Ends
All Day Activities: Kids Toy Boat-building, Sailboat rides, Captain Ben Boat Rides, Kids Games, Silent Auction, Boats on display, and great food.
Finally, you can enjoy great food at the Toledo Chamber of Commerce Pancake Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings beginning at 8 AM. This year, the Main Street Program, now known as the Toledo Downtown Association, will take over the cooking duties at 11 AM to provide yummy fish tacos.
The Port and the Wooden Boat Show Committee would like to thank all those who have contributed to the success of the show including Oregon Coast Bank, Dahl Disposal Service, Dr. Gregory Herkert, OSU Credit Union, Englund Marine and Industrial Supply, Siletz Boat Works, the Oregon Coots Chapter of the Western Oregon Messabouts, Georgia Pacific, and many, many more.
Just one block off Toledo’s Main Street, visitors can enjoy the Wooden Boat Show as well as browse the shops, galleries and restaurants in downtown Toledo. Come on over to Toledo and enjoy this premier Wooden Boat Show and celebrate life on the water. For more information and to register for events, visit: www.portoftoledo.org or call 541-336-5207.