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Wooden Boat Shows Aplenty in Michigan this Summer

If you live near the great lakes and love boats go!

The Outdoor Journal

By Howard Meyerson

Michigan’s wood boat building history comes to life every summer in Great Lakes shoreline communities. 

It’s a time when quaint harbor towns celebrate the state’s boating heritage with wooden boat shows that showcase the gleaming varnish finishes of Michigan-made and other classics.

If you like antique wooden boats, consider checking one out. The shows are a perfect stop during any planned Michigan vacation, a day of fun and festivity.

“It’s a happening. People love to see them come in from the islands or watch them getting launched,” said Barb Smith, co-chair for the 36th Annual Les Cheneaux Islands Antique Wooden Boat Show and Festival of Arts on August 10. The show is held in the eastern Upper Peninsula town of Hessel.

“It’s exciting to see the old woodies come in. We had a ground fog here a few years ago and you could hear them coming, but…

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