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Children judged Wowee, Lily Garrecht's family's replica of a 1950s Chris-Craft runabout, as she shows them parts of the boat at the 23rd Annual SML Antique and Classic Boat Festival.
Mark White demonstrates how his steam-powered engine works Saturday at the 23rd annual SML Antique and Classic Boat Show. When the boat is finished, Allie Hudson will be the lake's only steam boat.
Lily Garrecht demonstrates the whistle on her family's replica of a 1950s Chris-Craft runabout as a group of children judged Wowee.
Larry Loschert of Village Woodturners tells Debbie Charles how to care for wooden bowls. Charles and her husband Richard of Little Washington, N.C. showed their boat at the festival.
Spectators check out boats at the 23rd annual Smith Mountain Lake Antique and Classic Boat Show and Festival.
Classic cars were on display Saturday at the annual boat show.
Spectators visited with antique and classic boat owners on the docks at Mariner's Landing.
Hundreds of locals and visitors attended the show sponsored by the Smith Mountain Lake Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society.
Friday, September 20, 2013
A beautiful day, a picturesque setting and old boats attracted hundreds of visitors to the 23rd-annual Antique and Classic Boat Show and Festival on Saturday.
Many boat owners stood by their boats on the docks at Mariners Landing Resort in Huddleston to talk to those curious about their labor of love .
There were about 45 classic and antique boats from SML and nearby states, according to George Blosser, who heads the Smith Mountain Lake Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society.
There also were 21 classic cars on display, something that surprised Devon Fritz of Arlington when he showed up at the festival with Julia Aumüller of Frankfurt, Germany. They were in the area visiting friends.
“The cars were cool,” he said. “We didn’t know there would be classic cars.”
Local vendors, including Hot Shots, which served food, and Homestead Creamery, which offered its popular ice cream, set up on the grass near the docks. People, and some dogs, took advantage of the mild weather and took their time visiting the boats and vendor’s booths.
Prudential real estate agents Carolyn Crabtree and Carolyn Pruett, known locally as “The Carolyns,” set up as a vendor at the show.
“This is our first year at the boat show,” Crabtree said, but she promised to return next year.
“This is really, very nice and we’re really enjoying it,” Pruett added.
The Bedford resident who won two Westlake movie tickets from The Carolyns’ booth probably had a similar feeling.
Skipper Lynda Horinka of Iron Station, N.C., said she comes to the show for the people — and for the view, as she pointed out the backdrop of mountains against the lake.
“We wanted to be here, because it’s so much fun, even though our boat wasn’t ready,” said Horinka , who for the past five years has come to the show with a steam-powered launch.
“It’s one of the best boat shows we do attend,” she said. “The people are so wonderful.”
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