Classic and Wooden Boat Show to be held in Iowa Great Lakes
It's a prime destination for boat lovers, and this weekend it's a trip back in time.
Some nautical history will be on display in the Iowa Great Lakes.
The 33rd annual Classic and Wooden Boat Show will be held Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the docks on the waterfront of West Lake Okoboji at the Arnolds Park Amusement Park.
Organizers say this year's show will once again feature some extremely rare antique boats, including a 1920's vintage Gar Wood racing boat complete with an engine from a World War One fighter plane.
A locally owned antique steam boat will also be on display, along with a collection of Chrysler built fiberglass boats.
Show organizer Mike Hagen says that's in addition to numerous other antique and wooden boats that come to the show each year from throughout the upper Midwest.
"At this point I think it's fairly safe to say that we're pre registered in that 40 range. Some of the boats will be out on land, some are what we call a static display, the rest of them will be in the water, they will be running. This show we encourage the boats if they want to give people rides that they're free to leave the dock and go out in the boat and show them," Mike Hagen, Show Organizer said.
There's no admission charge to see the show, but donations are appreciated.
There will be a boat parade as well. Weather-permitting, many of the boats will participate in a parade beginning at 3:00 p.m. that will be held on West Lake Okoboji from just off the Arnolds Park Amusement Park over into Smith's Bay, under the Highway 71 bridge, and then into East Lake Okoboji near the old railroad trestle, then turning back toward Smith's Bay and West Lake Okoboji.