2012 Spring Lake Wooden Boat ShowThanks to long time fellow Woody Boaters Dennis Mykols and Janet Tyson we are happy to announce the official start of Summer on… in…. Spring Lake, Michigan. Spring Lake is actually is a historic village located between Spring Lake and the Grand River as it flows into Lake Michigan. In other words, the perfect setting for a celebration of vintage water craft!

This is the tenth year of the only such event presented in beautiful Ottawa County and boat-show sponsor, the Spring Lake Historic Conservation Commission, invites everyone to join us for this family event. To mark the occasion, several Best of Show winners from years past will be on hand as Featured Boats, including the 2012 Best of Show, the circa 1895 Truscott fantail launch, Victoria, towed by a 1926 Ford Model T Runabout.

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Dozens of antique and vintage wooden boats and classic ‘glass’ craft are displayed on land and in the water at Millpoint Park in the Village proper. Judges’ awards include Best of Show, Best Inboard, Best Outboard and Best Non-Power, among others. Everyone attending is invited to vote for the People’s Choice and Captain’s Choice awards. A highlight for children and youth is the model boat-building workshop, sponsored by one of our local Boy Scouts of America troops.

here is a map if you need one. I just stick my head out the window and sniiiiffffff

here is a map if you need one. I just stick my head out the window and sniiiiffffff

Refreshments, rest facilities, ample parking and dockage, and a well-maintained boat launch are available on-site. Additionally, restaurants, fast-food retailers, convenience stores and gas stations line Savidge Street (M 104), our main thoroughfare.
Spring Lake Village was incorporated in 1869. The area originally was home to indigenous tribes, who sold their land to European-American settlers in 1835. The quiet wilderness quickly was transformed by the logging industry and later by farms, manufacturing, houses, schools and other hallmarks of modern community. It is the aim of the Spring Lake Historic Conservation Commission to honor this history as it informs our future.

Chris Smith has been known to show up! Are you?

Chris Smith has been known to show up! Are you?

The Tenth Annual Spring Lake Wooden Boat Show is being held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, 2013. You can find out more here on there facebook page here, not back there, just here. Not that here, this  HERE! So be there. Oh god not again, make it end.

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8 Responses to “This Weekend Summer Really Starts In Spring Lake Michigan. Be There Or Be Still Stuck In Spring But Not The Spring in Spring Lake, Which Is A Name Of A Nice Town, And Lake, Not The Season Although I Am Not Sure Its From The Season, Or Maybe It’s A Spring Fed Lake?. Ahhh Heck, Just Go To The Dang Show. It’s Gonna Be Cool! Not Winter Cool, But Cool Neato Cool. Oh God, Please Make This Title End.”
  1. Greg Lewandowski

    We will be there, and are looking forward to meeting some new Woodyboater friends. First show outing of the year for Water Lily.

  2. Alex

    …and I see it’s OCD Day at the Matt Smith household.

    Love the photo of the Model T pulling a launch. Worth going to the show just to see that. Launching and pulling must be interesting, given the skinny tires on that car. Hope it (the car) floats!

    Especially love today’s header photo. For that matter, ANY photo that shows a young kid enjoying a classic boat. Today’s should be captioned “Someday… someday…”

  3. m-fine

    I don’t know. Crocks with socks is a significant crime against humanity. If the kid didn’t have better sense, you would have hoped the Woodyboater photo department would have had his back with a little photoshop replacement.

    • Alex

      The WoodyBoater photoshop dept was too busy adding in the subtle Hagerty bag to notice the socks.

      Love the period-correct-ish transistor radio. Nice prop!

  4. SeussBoater

    Never box with a fox at the docks wearing Crocs with socks while he walks eating lox.

  5. Dick Dow

    ” The rain in Spain falls mainly on…. ” Sorry, couldn’t resist – the kid is probably from Seattle. I love the “T” tow set up – Ahh, who needs brakes?

    • m-fine

      Seattle? Not unlesis there is a Seattle Michigan! Despite the footwear issues, you can see he is a Wolverine fan with the maize and blue outfit.

      GO BLUE!

  6. Tommyholm

    In Michigan we wear socks with crocks and sandals too until we put away the snow brush and shovels which usually occurs around the fourth of July give or take two weeks.