YAQUINA RUN-OFF CHALLENGE
Paddlers & Rowers invited to race in non-motorized boat race at Wooden Boat Show
The Port of Toledo’s 9th Annual Wooden Boat Show is coming up on August 17th and 18th and includes the Yaquina Run-Off, a race for non-motorized boats on the Yaquina River. Bring your kayak, canoe, or rowboat, and see how you do on the 3 mile short course or 9 mile long course. Stand-up Paddle Board enthusiasts are also invited. Now is the time to get your registration in.
The theme of this year’s show is “River Heritage” and honors Ralph Criteser, owner and operator of Criteser’s moorage, who has contributed nearly 70 years to maintaining our local fleet. If you have a wooden boat that you would like to exhibit, now is the time to register. This is a great family weekend, and a chance to greet Ralph Criteser and to “talk shop” with other wooden boat owners.
Visit the Port of Toledo website www.portoftoledo.org or call 541-336-5207 to register. Come and enjoy kids’ activities, live music, food, and lots more. Don’t miss the fun at Toledo’s Waterfront Park and Marina.
“River Heritage” is the theme of the 2013 Port of Toledo Wooden Boat Show happening on August 17th and 18th at the Port’s Marina and Waterfront Park. This year’s show honors the nearly 70 years that Ralph Criteser has contributed to the river’s heritage. 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. Outstanding live music can be enjoyed at the Port’s new Waterfront Pavilion throughout the festival. This year’s line-up features internationally known guitarist Dan Crary. You won’t want to miss the fun at Toledo’s new Waterfront Park and the Marina.
This year the GP Containerboard Boat Contest is back by popular demand. Teams from 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 2:00 pm on Saturday. The competition will be tough as teams representing businesses, chambers, and youth groups from throughout the county challenge each other for Best Design, then race to determine the fastest, most water worthy vessel. Prizes will be awarded…among them one for the Most Spectacular Sinking!
Port of Toledo’s Boatyard Manager Leo Newberg, along with local shipwright Rick Johnson, will be directing six families in building their very own Yaquina 15 kayak. This 3-day activity starts on Friday and ends on Sunday with the launch of the kayaks in Depot Slough. Show attendees are invited to watch the families’ progress, and wave the new boat owners off on their maiden voyage Sunday afternoon.
The Yaquina Run-Off, a non-motorized boat race is on Saturday, and starts at 10 am. Registration forms are available on the Port’s website or register in person by 9:30 the day of the event. Canoes, Rowboats, Kayaks, Standup Paddle Boards, and Rowing Shells will take to the water for either a 9 mile or 3 mile race.
Dan Crary Headlining Toledo Wooden Boat Show
The Port of Toledo Wooden Boat Show is pleased to host master guitarist and musical legend Dan Crary at the Wooden Boat Show again this year. A flat-picking stylist, Crary is a pioneer of one of American’s most powerful forms of music. With more than 40 years of experience, Crary’s work transcends boundaries of style and genre. Visitors to the Wooden Boat Show won’t want to miss this amazing opportunity to hear this artist whose work has brought him success not only in North America but throughout the world, with concert and workshop appearances from Europe to Japan and the South Pacific. Crary takes the stage on Saturday, August 18 at from 12:45 to 2pm.
In addition, the Wooden Boat Show is also pleased to offer you two days of musical delight. Also performing is Oregon Coast’s own Tony Kaltenberg, Beth Willis Rock Duo, Undertow, Elizabeth Cable, Chayag, Rob Connel & Evans Longshore, and Bill and Franki Dalbey. You can find out more about the event at www.portoftoledo.org, firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 541-336-5207.
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. The Boathouse will also be running a Poker Paddle event, which costs $10, with the winning hand taking the 50/50 purse prize. Boat rides will also be offered. The Teak Lady Society will be giving rides on two vintage 19’ teak sloops, and there will be rides on the Capt. Ben F.
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 going towards putting on the Wooden Boat Show. Artists will be on hand to paint the show, using the wooden boats and crowds of people as their inspiration. You can enjoy great food at the Toledo Chamber of Commerce Pancake Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings, try the Toledo Downtown Association’s Fish Tacos or see what is on the grill at the Loose Caboose.
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, CoastCom Inc, Georgia Pacific, Englund Marine Industrial Supply, Dr. Gregory Herkert, David & Shirley Lowe, Carson Oil Company, American Grounding Systems, Inc., Toledo Motor Supply, Inc., and Siletz River Mill.
Visitors can enjoy the Wooden Boat Show as well as browse the shops, galleries and restaurants in downtown Toledo, just one block up from the Marina. 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.