Hagerty splashes into the 2021 collector boat season

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Carol Gould

Fourteen months after the COVID-19 pandemic began wiping out America’s favorite boating events—like the Sunnyland Boat Festival, which has now been canceled twice—Hagerty Marine is eager to reunite with members of the collector boat community and participate in several 2021 summer shows.

First up is the new Elk Rapids Harbor Days Wooden Boat Show on Saturday, June 12. Presented by Veuve Clicquot, it will be held on the north end of Elk River in Elk Rapids, Michigan.

Activities actually begin the night before, on Friday, June 11, with a sunset dinner and dancing, prior to Saturday’s boat show, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to the show—which includes classic boats, a wooden kayak display, a Great Lakes Boat Building School display, and “Artist in Action”—there will be a beverage tent, picnic area, and music.

Among the awards will be the Upper Harbor Green Space People’s Choice, Queen’s Choice, Great Lakes Boat Building School’s Choice, and Veuve Clicquot’s Choice.

For more information, visit the Elk Rapids Harbor Days website.

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Carol Gould

Among northern Michigan’s most eagerly anticipated events is the Les Cheneaux Islands Antique and Wooden Boat Show on Saturday, August 14 in Hessel, located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Held since 1978, the show celebrates some of the country’s finest classic boats, many of which call the Hessel area “home” but also come from as far away as California and Florida.

Vessels include dinghies, rowboats, canoes, launches, sailboats, utilities, runabouts, large cruisers, racers, and classic glass. Along with the boat show, the town is also hosting The Festival of Arts, in which artists and craftspeople display and sell a variety of artwork, including photographs, paintings, pottery, textiles, glass jewelry, dolls, and wooden toys.

For more information, visit the Les Cheneaux Islands Antique and Wooden Boat Show website.

Stay up to date on boating events across the country through the Antique and Classic Boat Society’s events calendar.

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