Smith Mountain Lake & Reedville Classic Boat Shows -Torn Between Two Lovers!

ReedvilleFlag2Next weekend here in Virginia there are two shows on the exact same date. September 12,2015. One in our home town of Reedville and the other on Smith Mountain Lake. Now, we wish of course we could do both. But it’s a 4 hour drive, and of course the drive to the Reedville show is by boat and takes about 3 minutes. With that said though, the Smith Mountain Lake Gang is so great and such a warm welcoming group that its worth it.

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A warm welcome from Smith mountain lake


The docks of the Reedville Fishermaens Museum.

The Reedville show is in a town that is rich in history and Smith Mountain Lake has some amazing mountains and the show is at a very easy setting to stay at. Smith Mountain Lake is fresh water, Reedville is brackish. Both will be loaded with friends… And most of all we want to support both places. And now a brief musical number to set the mood!

So you decide if you live around both areas. The Reedville show is a very small event but the entire town is part of it, Smith Mountain Lake has some amazing boats and a much larger event.

You can find out more about Smith Mountain lake HERE

You can find out more about the Reedville Show, HERE

Here is the official press release from The Smith Mountain Lake Gang with many details and official talk.

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This image from our multi award winning campaign was shot on Smith Mountain lake.

25th Annual Antique and Classic Boat Festival and Show Sept 12th Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia. The 25th Annual Antique and Classic Boat Show and Festival, a major Eastern U.S. gathering of antique motorboats, will take place between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 12, 2015, at Mariners Landing Resort and Conference Center on Smith Mountain Lake.

The public is cordially invited to this fun family oriented event. It includes lots of beautiful antique boats in the water and on-shore displays of early boating and nautical artifacts. There will be on-water boat demonstrations, good food and a variety of craft collectible vendors. This year’s show will again feature a Youth Judging Event for children. There will also be a display of Antique Cars for all to see.
A new and expanded show brochure profiling many events that will be presented during the show will be handed out at the show’s entry gate.

The 25th Annual Boat Show Program is dedicated to longtime Chapter member John Schaible, who passed away on January 5th, 2015. Those attending the show will be given a “People’s Choice” ballot to vote for their favorite boat during their visit to the show. This is the 11th year that the show is being held at Mariners Landing Resort. The antique and classic boat enthusiasts that attend from all over the East Coast represent the cream of antique boat collectors and many of the antique and classic boats they bring to the show are priceless examples of boating history.This year in addition to the boat show on September 12th there will be a cruise on the Blackwater section of the lake September 13th and the Roanoke River area September 14th. Those joining this event in addition to receiving a tour of the lake will also tour the home/shops of several chapter members during the cruise.

The boat show is sponsored by the Smith Mountain Lake Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society, which has more than 8,000 members throughout the world. Approximately half of the 70 members of the local Chapter live on or near Smith Mountain Lake. Proceeds from this year’s show go to local Smith Mountain Lake Charities and are made possible by the many businesses that sponsor the show.


Here is the press Release from Reedville.

Please come have some fun!


Some of the nice Cruiser action at Reedville. Andy Cockrels Matthews.

OK I made that up, there is no press release. But we will be there and look forward to anyone that wants to come hang out. Friday night will be some sort of something if you are in town. Not sure what? maybe nothing.  The Bay Motel is under new ownership and I hear is nice now. There is also the Gables which is in town. And Ma Margrets house is very nice according to previous visitors. There are several nice places to eat in Reedville, Tommys, and the Crazy Crab. And get some Ice Cream at Chitterchats. Its a very small town and a very intimate event, which is code for small. If you like fishing on the Chesapeake Bay, the museum is a nice place with some cool Bay style boats including a Skipjack and Byboat.

The truth is if you live near the state of Virginia either show will make a nice part of your weekend. This is considered to be the best time of year to go boating in the Mid Atlantic region.

15 replies
  1. WoodyGal
    WoodyGal says:

    It’s easy, which one did you attend last year? Alternate between the two and you won’t and you won’t be in anybody’s doghouse.

    • Alan Frederick
      Alan Frederick says:

      This is the second year that I was “volunteered” as boat show chairman here @ Smith Mtn. Lake. So to really showcase our 25 Anniversary show I’ve convinced the WCCB’ers out of the Keuka Lake area of NYS to come on down and use our venue for their annual fall cruise. In addition, the RDC Chapter is also tagging along with a whole bunch of their great boats too.
      To compliment Saturday’s boat show, we have tours on Fri., Sun., and Mon. which will have stops at member’s homes and workshops. SML is a large lake boasting over 500 miles of shoreline so we’re going to explore the waters at our “Jewel of the Blue Ridge”.
      This promises to be our biggest and best show ever so hope to see a few of you WoodyBoaters next week.
      Thanks for your support!

  2. Greg Lewandowski
    Greg Lewandowski says:

    Just in case you are too far away from theses two great shows and closer to the big water in Michigan, the Port Huron Blue Water show is also next week end, 9/11 & 12. Just 30 miles up the St. Clair River from Algonac, the event will include a dinner cruise to St. Clair on Friday, and the show in downtown Port Huron on Saturday. The theme of the show is “Race Boats”, Miss America X will be on the display, and other surprises are on tap for the day. Make it if you can, and look me up to say hi when you get there.
    Now we have a threesome for next weekend!

  3. m-fine
    m-fine says:

    The Buffalo show I can never make is also coming up on 9/12. If torn between two lovers, you can always difch them both and try out a new fling.

  4. Rabbit
    Rabbit says:

    If you thought Minnesota was taking a break after the big Gull Lake show and before the next really big Gull Lake show later this month you would be wrong. This weekend is the Lake Vermillion Boat Show, on the huge, pristine and beautiful lake near the Boundary Waters. Saturday is the lake tour and skipper’s dinner and Sunday is the show at The Landing.

  5. 7FTCWBY
    7FTCWBY says:

    Amen Rabbit. There is nothing better than boating on Vermilion over Labor Day weekend, see you there?! We should quick organize a show someplace for Sept. 12 and create a Month in Minnesota: Tour of 10,000 lakes Boat Shows.

  6. Rabbit
    Rabbit says:

    I wish I could be at Lake Vermillion this weekend, but my kids are traveling home for that last Labor Day weekend at our cabin in Wisconsin, where I will happily make at least a couple of trips to the gas dock. Its my understanding that Rabbit, my 1947 Gar Wood Ensign, spent its entire life on Lake Vermillion before I purchased it a few years ago and Sherwood Heggen completed the restoration. Nothing like those cold, clear, northern waters for preserving mahogany.

  7. charley quimby
    charley quimby says:

    Matt… Most likely no crab pots at SML. Wanted so much to trailer the 26-foot APBA to the lake, but “things” got in the way. BTW, anyone interested in seeing the outcome of a six year build can Google “grumpy comes to life, by chip mogensen”. Have not yet gone full bore; one hour of break-in time left. CQ

  8. Randy
    Randy says:

    Matt, it would be great to see pictures of Pop’s Martinique on display at your Reedville show!!!!!

    It’s time she got out of that boathouse and shared the limelight with those little guys (‘small’ runabouts).

    See what you can do.

  9. Kent B
    Kent B says:

    I did NOT click on that video and I still have this awful earworm! Looking forward to seeing the highlights from the weekend.

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