Going To Lake Dora Is More Than Just Going To A Show, It’s A Tradition.

1988 The First Poster!

If you think that going to Lake Dora in the spring is going to just another boat show, you are missing the real magic of the weekend. See, its not a show, it’s the beginning of the season, its the time we all gather to talk about the long winter of working on our boats. Its a chance to take a short ride, or long, and give ourselves a boost to keep restoring, sanding and varnishing. Thanks to Scott Turner of Aristocraft boats, for sharing his collection of all 30 posters from the show!
































And this years poster. Showing that despite anything mother nature or life can throw at the gang, THE SHOW MUST GO ON! So do your part and show up!


19 replies
  1. Dave
    Dave says:

    Someone just donated a couple dozen old show posters to the Sunnyland SCAMPY youth mentorship program. Stop by our SCAMPY tent and take one home!

  2. david doyle
    david doyle says:

    Wood Doc Scott Very cool, thanks for sharing. As a fellow owner of an Aristocraft, we need to talk to the powers that be about getting a Torpedo on the 2019 poster!

  3. Poster Artist Needed
    Poster Artist Needed says:

    If anyone has a recommendation for a poster artist please let me know. The Tidewater Chapter will be celebrating it’s 15th year partnering with the Reedville Fisherman’s and the Fisherman’s museum is celebrating it’s 30th anniversary this year. We would like to have a commemorative poster done, maybe a t-shirt as well. Thank you, Eric ericzelman@verizon.net

  4. Jeff Funk
    Jeff Funk says:

    Arriving Monday with the Coronado. Always great boating the Harris Chain of Lakes. Another good boating trip is taking the river out of Lake Eustis up north through Lake Griffith to a wonderfully divey bar/restaurant in Blue Heron Cove. They have great gator on the menu. Allow at least half a day for the trip…but time well spent.

  5. Wilson
    Wilson says:

    There wasn’t a poster for the first show but I I have somewhere a photo of the poster Date Tassell and John deSousa had made which they hung from the rail in the deck of the Holiday Inn in Sanford that said, “Southeastern Antique and Classic Boat Show.
    It was a fun show in Sanford 37 years ago and with the help of folks like Bill & Gail, Mike Matheson, Riley Richardson, Gary Scherb, Chris Youngblood, Terry Fiest and dozens more it has developed into a major event.
    To those who haven’t been…come on down…You’ll never forget it !

    • floyd r turbo
      floyd r turbo says:

      Wilson, remember those first years, the “midgies” that cover everything about that time of year. They don’t bite but they sure are over everything like locust. Don’t see them at Tavares, maybe the constant breeze keeps them away.

      • floyd r turbo
        floyd r turbo says:

        FYI, Aquatic Midges are mosquito-also called “Blind Mosquito” a layman’s term, which may refer to several species of these midges. Blind mosquitoes do not bite, suck blood, or carry disease.

  6. tom gibbons
    tom gibbons says:

    posters are beautiful, worthy of framing ,love to get a copy of ’06, featuring shepherd. anybody got a clue on finding one?

  7. Ranger
    Ranger says:

    Dad took our boat to it’s first show in 1990 and went almost every year into the 2000’s. I’d meet him in Sanford, at Blair’s Jungle Inn when he would go on the cruise and then would catch up to him again at the docks at Gilbert Park. Thanks for the memories! Side note we are hoping to put the boat in on Saturday to run around a little bit, ironically we are working on a 100 year old home in Mt. Dora so can’t attend the full show this year. So close and yet so far away…

  8. Terry Fiest
    Terry Fiest says:

    Sunnyland Greetings to everyone!!!! Certainly appreciate all the interest in our show and look forward to a re-union of old friends. Many people ask me how we do it every year and my answer is simple: Its about people—–the Boats are the commonality, but the people make the Show. People travel from many states to kick off the boating season and once again, we have some beautiful Florida Weather waiting for everyone. With the total loss of our docks, we decided to make Lemonade out of Lemons and put a new spin on the Show—–This will be the “First Annual Sunnyland Beach Party”—-bring your Flower Shirts—head south to Tavares and enjoy an Outstanding Beach Band on Friday and Saturday!! All our volunteers are waiting for your arrival and we look forward to some fun in the sun—–Safe travels—see you soon—-Terry Fiest

    • Pat & Wilson Wright
      Pat & Wilson Wright says:

      Congratulations, on keeping on keeping on, Terry And Bobbie! Looking forward to seeing you two! Love you, Pat and Wilson.

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