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LAKES AREA NEWS: Wheels & water on display


Thursday it was classic cars in the spotlight at Preservation Plaza in Arnolds Park. Saturday, classic boats will take their place at the Arnolds Park waterfront.

Hundreds of owners of classic Impala automobiles have converged on the Iowa Great Lakes for their annual convention.

Ken Ferguson of Spirit Lake is a member of the club who helped organize this year’s convention, ”Most of the conventions have been in Spearfish, South Dakota, I would say maybe 25 to 30 of them and we’re moving it around the country now every other year.”

As that event concluded Thursday with hundreds of the classic vehicles on display, another is about to get underway. Owners of antique and classic boats are shining up their prides of joy for the 34th annual Wooden and Classic Boat Show this Saturday on the waterfront at the Arnolds Park Amusement Park.

Mike Hagan of the Jerry Dyhrkopp Iowa Great Lakes Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boats Society helps coordinate the show each year said, ”In the years past everybody has just assumed it was the antique wooden boat show, and it has been. But as those wooden boats unfortunately have become more rare, some of the ‘60’s vintage and even ‘70’s vintage boats are now considered classics. So we don’t limit ourselves at all to just wooden boats. We encourage people that have got classic boats whether they’re aluminum or fiber glass or steel even to participate with us.” 

Saturday’s show will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. It will be followed by a parade of the classic boats in Smith’s Bay of West Lake Okoboji.

Thanks to some local sponsors, the show is free of charge, but freewill donations will be accepted. Several thousand people from across the country attended last year’s event.

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