Located in Toledo, Oregon, this free, family-friendly, weekend boat show on August 19-20, 2017 celebrates the historic traditions of wooden boats. Wooden boats from throughout the northwest are on display ranging from kayaks and canoes to work boats and pleasure craft. Featured events include Family Boat Building, Youth Boat Building, Poker Paddle, Kid’s Toy Boat Building, Georgia Pacific Container Boat Contest, live music, food and vendor booths, as well as informational and historical exhibits. The event is located on Depot Slough one block away from Toledo’s historic Main Street.
This year’s show will honor retired Coast Guard Master Chief, Thomas McAdams. In his 27 year career, Chief McAdams was highly decorated and considered a legend in the Coast Guard’s small boat community as well as among the fishermen of the Pacific Northwest. In honor of Chief McAdams, the Newport Coast Guard will be attending the show with their steel-hulled 52′ motor lifeboat, VICTORY.
Also on exhibit at this year’s show will be a restored 36′ US Coast Guard Motor Life Boat, built in 1934. The boat’s owner, Glen Cathers, spent 6 years restoring MLB 36391, which is a vessel that his father, Chief Boatswain Mate John L. Cathers, ran in the 1930s and 1940s.