Dock space filled up quickly again for the 13th annual Whitefish Chain Antique and Classic Wood Boat Rendezvous, which will be Saturday at Moonlite Bay Family Restaurant and Bar in Crosslake.
Fifty antique and classic wooden boats dating from 1895 to the 1960s are scheduled to participate in the event. The day will start at 9 a.m., and people can vote for their favorite entries until the awards ceremony at 3 p.m. Admission is free.
Festivities will include door prizes; a fish tank for kids to win prizes from 1 to 3 p.m.; live music; beer, brat and hamburger stands; and a remote broadcast by WJJY radio station.
"It has been estimated by WJJY that in the past few years we've had around 5,000 people who have attended," said organizer Dennis Madigan.
This is the third year organizers have been forced to turn entries away because dock space fills up. Most people entering boats are Minnesota based, said Madigan, but the show sees entrants from Fargo, N.D., Omaha, Neb., Iowa and Kansas.
"We always see the old favorites," said Madigan, "but we have a lot of new boats in this year."
After the awards ceremony, the boats will depart for a parade. The route will go around Cross Lake and into Rush Lake.
The variety of boats is what makes this event special, said Madigan, noting entrants range from a 1914 Old Town Sailing Canoe to a rowboat with a three-horsepower inboard motor.
Corporate sponsors help to make the Rendezvous free to the public. Sponsors include Shores and More Realty, Whitefish Lake Bertha Boatworks, Nisswa Classic Boats, Nisswa Marine Inc., TDS Telecommunication, Hagerty Classic Marine Insurance, Pierz Marine of Brainerd, Wells Fargo and Co. of Pequot Lakes, Houston Ford Inc., Bob Hamilton of Edina Realty, Northern National Banks, Americinn of Pequot Lakes, Moonlite Bay Family Restaurant and Bar, WJJY -- K101, and McLeod USA.
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