Whether you are interested in building up a head of steam or blowing it off, the Wooden Boat Show in Toledo has the perfect activity for you as it returns for its 14th year this weekend.
In addition to a display of wooden boats ranging from kayaks and canoes to work boats and pleasure craft, this year’s event will see the Northwest Steam Society offering free rides on more than 20 steamboats.
And good old-fashioned paddle power will not be forgotten, as the Georgia Pacific Containerboard Boat Contest pits creators of cardboard craft against one another in an out-and-back race packed with drama, mayhem and sinkings galore. Prizes are awarded to the race winners as well as for the best design and Most Spectacular Sinking. The boats will take to the Depot Slough for their maiden, and possibly only, voyage at 2 pm on Saturday, Aug. 18.
The steamboats will follow suit at 1 pm on Sunday, Aug. 19, forming a steam parade along the slough.
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.
Family boat building projects are also part of the show. Local shipwright, Rick Johnson will show families how to build their very own 12-foot stand up paddleboards and Joe Novello will be directing construction of 8-foot prams called elegant punts. These groups build their boats during the show and wrap up by launching their new boats in Depot Slough on Sunday afternoon.
Small boats and personal floatation devices are available at the boathouse for visitors to participate in a poker paddle; and boat rides will be available from many of the craft on display at the show.
Kids will be able to set their imaginations free as they create their own floating masterpieces at a toy boat-building booth staffed by volunteers. There will be a pond for little mariners to test out their boats as well as watch steam put-put boats and remote-control boats in action. Kids can also try their hand at putt-putt mini golf and join pirates to shoot the potato cannon at a fiberglass target boat.
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. For guests aiming to make an early start, the Toledo Chamber of Commerce will have a pancake breakfast starting at 7 am both mornings at the pavilion.
The 14th Annual Wooden Boat will run from 10 am to 6 pm on Saturday, Aug. 18, and 10 am to 4 pm on Sunday, Aug. 19, at the Waterfront Park and Marina at 127 NW A Street.
For more information and to register for events, go to www.portoftoledo.org/wooden-boat-show or call 541-336-5207.