Every time we try to leave Montana this week, it seems to pull us back for more… Just kidding! While Paul Harrison was stranded in Browning, Montana last weekend, 90 miles down the highway the big Flathead Valley Boat Show was under way in Kalispell, Montana.
Fellow Woody Boater Tim Salt sent us a summary of the boat show with a few photos… So take it away Tim…
Texx – Here are a few shots from our local Flathead Valley Boat Show held this (last) weekend in Kalispell, MT. Featured in the Big Sky ACBS Chapter booth was Bill and Julie Robbins 1950 16′ Peterborough Speedster with a 25 hp 1952 Johnson outboard engine.
A few show facts:
1. This is the 30th consecutive year for the Flathead Valley Boat Show.
2. This years show featured 8 dealers and 18 product vendors showing 77 boats.
3. The US Coast Guard Auxiliary, the Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks, and the State Department of Agriculture (invasive species), were also represented.
4. Over 2,500 people visited the Flathead Valley Boat Show this year.
5. The Big Sky ACBS Chapter display promoted the hobby of Antique & Classic Boating, welcomed new members, and encouraged boaters to attend our August 6-7 Classic Boat Show in nearby Lakeside, Montana on the shores of beautiful Flathead Lake.
The Montana Wooden Boat Foundation was also represented at the show with a booth. The foundation was formed by Big Sky ACBS members to “provide personal mentoring and educational programs designed to help out-of-school, at-risk and often adjudicated youths to return to school or find a career-path future through wooden boat building and on-water education.” “On hand were Montana Wooden Boat Foundation founders Bill Eisenlohr, Alex Berry and potential participant Conner Seyfert.”
Thanks Tim for your report on the Flathead Valley Boat Show. Proof positive that the Antique & Classic Boating Hobby is alive and well in Northern Montana.