Woody Boaters Break 10 Year Record For Lake Minnetonka Event!
Fellow Woody Boaters Dave Bortner from Freedom Boat Service, Bruce Bildsten “Rabbit” and Woody Boater reporter Dane Anderson also known as the “Woods and Water Crew” went all out to promote the local Lake Minnetonka show this year with TV news coverage and a whole lotta facebook stuff and as we always say, no cost to get in.
The results? Close to 60 boats, and a HUGE spectator turn out. And best of all a bazillion smiles. Once again, the Woods and Water Crew does the trick. Now many of you local clubs who think about pinching each cent and charging at the gate, have forgotten why you are there? To promote the culture of classic boating and grow the passion. Time and time again, the forward marketing of the event, and free entry are a formula for success. Here once again is a small event that is breaking records. Is this the future? No, its now and about 5 years old, and if you are not thinking like this, you are in a slow spiral towards death. Sorry to be so harsh, but how many times do we need to beat this drum and prove it. Thanks the Woods and Water Crew for showing us all AGAIN, how it’s done right.
So, don’t have a Woods and Water Crew to make a splash? Stay tuned with some big changes on Woody Boater to help promote your event. All part of the new 3rd generation Woody Boater. We may be frustrated but we are not sitting around complaining, oh wait, yes we are doing that as well. Let’s all make next year a record year for the culture.
Congrats to the Minnesota crew for a great event!!!!
The Port Huron Michigan crew also had a great event yesterday free for spectators and also free boat rides. 400 free rides were given!!!
It’s a great weekend for Woodyboating, Fiberglassboating, and Aluminumboating!
The REAL work in putting the show together was done by stalwarts Steve Shoop (shown aloft above in the blue Biesemeyer), Al Lindquist, Ian Sandercock, Dean Wilson, Jerry Low, and many others I’m forgetting….. we just applied some of the smart marketing insights we learned from W&W, with the help of our fellow BSLOL’ers Bruce Bildsten and John Karlson. We are forever grateful for their continuing counsel and efforts, but all I did was a little payin’.
I hope her husband does not see that photo
Dave is right, the real heroes were event chairman Steve Shoop and his crew Al, Ian, Dean, Jerry, et al. And John Karlson jumped in on the social media side to to help the club’s web team led by Joe Kaul. Heck, It ended up with a story in the Minneapolis Star Tribune leading up to the event, and extended features on two of the local TV stations in a major media market, plus a feature on one of the the country’s largest radio stations. But that media coverage is not that hard if you put in a little legwork: The media loves these kind of stories, especially in boating-crazed hot beds like the Twin Cities. Here are links to a couple of the stories:
One more thing: How lucky are we to have Dane Anderson?Great photography at every event.
I agree with Rabbit. Dane Anderson continually knocks it out of the park with his great photography. Thank you so much for sharing your talent with our “sport”. 🙂
And thanks to Bruce Bildsten, John Karlson, Steve Shoop & Dave Bortner for your skillz in getting a great turnout for our show. So many people walking the docks with big smiles on their faces, cameras clicking, asking questions about the boats. What a mah-velous day!
Had a wonderful time at the Port Huron MI Show this past weekend, and so looking forward to the International ACBS show there same time in 2018. Terrific venue!
Great folks and very organized. I heard a total of 414 rides given, and they had to add more boats and extend the ride time window to accommodate everyone. I heard some people say the free rides were the main reason for their family to attend.
The show were loaded with Chris Craft boats, plus quite a number of various cruisers. They gave tours of some of those big boats, too.
Not a lot of fiberglass or aluminum, but I showed up with my fiberglass 1966 MFG Niagara, “Little Blue”. I figure to just keep showing up with it at a couple of shows a year.
I know this is WoodyBoater, but classic boating is classic boating, no matter what the hull is made of.