6th Annual Wooden Boat Show set for Oct. 28

Each October, boat lovers and landlubbers alike sail into the Historic Waterfront District of Manteo for the Roanoke Island Maritime Museum Wooden Boat Show. This year's event is set for Saturday, Oct. 28.

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Sailors and wooden boat aficionados will have a chance to share tales and talk boats at the Roanoke Island Maritime Museum's 6th Annual Wooden Boat Show.

The event is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. Admission is free.

The boat show features an array of wooden boats — both new construction and restored — and builders will be on-site to discuss their craftsmanship and labors of love with inquiring minds.

In addition, a variety of activities are planned, including sailing aboard the museum’s shad boat. A shad boat is a traditional fishing boat, which was proclaimed the Official State Historic Boat of North Carolina by the North Carolina General Assembly in 1987.

The registration fee is $30 for exhibitors and includes a pass for the Friday night exhibitors welcome reception and a museum T-shirt. All proceeds benefit the museum’s youth sailing program.

Boats will be displayed in the George Washington Creef Park, the museum and in the water at the Roanoke Marshes lighthouse docks.

Exhibiting boats are judged on being owner or professionally built or restored. Also included is the H.A. Creef Award, a perpetual award that is presented to the best overall boat each year.

The Saturday evening awards dinner is open to the public and tickets will be on sale during the event. Tickets for the dinner are $10 per person.

Following is a schedule of events:

• Friday, Oct. 27: Exhibitors arrive and set up; 6 p.m. welcome reception for exhibitors in the museum.

• Saturday, Oct. 28: 9 a.m. exhibit opens to the public; 5 p.m. show closes; 5:30 p.m. awards dinner in the George Washington Creef boathouse, a working boat shop offering a look at local and regional maritime heritage through displayed watercraft, exhibits, restoration projects and traditional skills workshops.

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