Wooden Boat Show Celebrates 26th Year in Georgetown, SC
Event Snagged Prestigious Awards
By Kimberly Duncan
Georgetown, SC is the Palmetto State’s third oldest port city. Four rivers slide into Winyah Bay and the Atlantic Ocean beyond. A fifth river spills into the ocean just south of Georgetown. There are hundreds of ancillary creeks, as well as salt marsh habitats, cypress swamps, old rice fields and canals between them. There’s no better backdrop for an autumn escape.
Because water – and boats – are central to Hammock Coast history, it is fitting that historic Georgetown – sometimes called a “little Charleston” – has hosted a wildly popular boat show for more than a quarter century now. Always held on the third weekend of October, The Wooden Boat Show brings thousands of happy visitors and area residents to the quieter, southernmost end of SC’s Grand Strand. The award-winning two-day show has been recognized as one of the Southeast’s Top Twenty Events. And it’s still growing.
The Harbor Historical Association of Georgetown will present the 26th Annual Wooden Boat Show on Saturday and Sunday, October 17 and 18. This year’s show will once again showcase one of the nation’s most-lauded wooden boat exhibits. On land and water, there will be nearly 150 classic wooden boats on display. An Opti-Pram regatta will feature the SC Youth Sailing program’s fleet of wooden Optis.
The Wooden Boat Challenge –teams of two battling to build a rowing skiff in four hours – is a can’t-be-missed special attraction. Afterward, all Hades breaks loose as participants test their boats for seaworthiness in a rowing relay on the Sampit River. Cash prizes hang in the balance!
There will also be model boatbuilding and knot tying classes and vendors with lots of maritime arts and crafts, jewelry and music, too. Visitors will be able to meet and talk to wooden boat craftsmen, manufacturers and owners. Events and entertainment are scheduled on the waterfront and along Front Street in Historic Downtown Georgetown. Add great restaurants and shopping to the equation, and – for a day or a long weekend – it adds up to a fabulous fall getaway perfect for boaters, sportsmen, couples and grown-ups with kids in tow.
For more information, visit the website at www.WoodenBoatShow.com or the event’s beneficiary, the South Carolina Maritime Museum, at www.SCMaritimeMuseum.org. (The Maritime Museum is one of four must-see museums located Downtown and within walking distance one from another!)
Sometimes seaside locations are overlooked during cool weather months, but everyone should know Georgetown, Pawleys Island, and the fishing village of Murrells Inlet are open and ready for business. The weather is mild. Crowds have returned home. State parks and all manner of eco-activities are abundant. Golf courses are at their best. Shopping is gearing up for the holidays. Restaurants are introducing new menus. Everything there is to love about the southern coast of SC is at its best. And the Wooden Boat Show is only one of many fun events bulking up the Hammock Coast calendar. Find out everything you need to know at HammockCoastSC.com. The options will surprise you!