Take a step back in time, in this charming Finger Lakes village Skaneateles, N.Y. - At the Antique and Classic Boat Show, held July 26-28 in Skaneateles' Clift Park, visitors can learn about and enjoy the boats of a bygone era. Displays on land and water will feature some 90 antique and classic wooden boats, ranging from mahogany runabouts manufactured by Chris-Craft, Hacker and Gar Wood in the early 1900s to launches, sailboats, canoes, rowing craft and race boats-many restored to their original condition. Hours are 3 p.m. to dusk Friday, 9 a.m. to dusk Saturday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. The show, which attracts more than 10,000 visitors each year, is organized by the Finger Lakes Chapter (FLC) of the Antique and Classic Boat Society and the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation (also known as the Skaneateles Foundation), and presented by M&T Bank. Exhibitors come not only from Central New York, but also from New Jersey, Ohio, Michigan, South Carolina and Canada. "Many travel hundreds of miles to get here, to afford others the opportunity to get up-close and personal with these grand old boats," says FLC president Jack Gifford. This is the Finger Lakes Chapter's 35th annual show, and the 19th year it has been held in Skaneateles. "The show has become a tradition for exhibitors, families and visitors," says Susan Dove, executive director of the Skaneateles Foundation. "With children's activities, the boat parade, free concerts, historical tours-and the village's many fine boutiques, galleries and restaurants-there truly is something for everyone." Judging of the boats, in 35 categories, takes place Saturday morning. Throughout the weekend, visitors to the show will cast their votes for the highly coveted People's Choice Award, sponsored by Doug's Fish Fry, which will be presented at 3 p.m. Sunday. Additional highlights include:
- Performances by the 42nd Infantry Division Band, 4 p.m. Friday; the Skaneateles Community Band, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday; the Syracuse Brigadiers Alumni Drum & Bugle Corps, noon to 3 p.m. Saturday; and the Soda Ash Six, noon to 3 p.m. Sunday.
- A display of antique model boats by the Syracuse Model Boat Club, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
- A youth judging competition, sponsored by Hagerty Classic Marine Insurance to "spark kids' passion for wooden boats," 10 a.m. Saturday.
- Opportunities for children to paint their own wooden boats, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday.
- Guided tours by the Skaneateles Historical Society, starting at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $10 per person, with proceeds benefiting the Historical Society. A 50/50 raffle will also be offered.
- A boat parade and fly-by, starting at 3 p.m. Saturday.
- A photo-shoot and spectator cruise aboard the Judge Ben Wiles, 10 a.m. Sunday. The Judge will leave from the Mid-Lakes Navigation dock in Clift Park and make a slow tour of the north end of Skaneateles Lake, while exhibiting boats make random passes and provide opportunities for action shots. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children under 13 accompanied by an adult. Coffee and pastries will be available; no reservations are necessary.
- Raffle drawings.
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