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Skaneateles Antique & Classic Boat Show this weekend at Clift Park

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Many of the classic wooden boats of the past, some made in the Finger Lakes, will be on display this weekend at the 44th Skaneateles Antique & Classic Boat Show.

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Over 90 vintage boats on display at Clift Park

The show, hosted by the Finger Lakes Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society and the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation, runs from 3 p.m. to dusk Friday, 9 a.m. to dusk Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. “The show offers non-stop splendor, set against the backdrop of Skaneateles’ fine boutiques, galleries, and restaurants,” says Hilary Fenner, executive director of the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce. “We can’t wait to welcome you!”

Highlights of the weekend include:
~A boat parade and fly-by, led by the Skaneateles Fire Department, starting at 3:15 p.m. Saturday.
Performances by the Skaneateles Community Band, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday; the Diana Jacobs Band, noon to 3 p.m. Saturday; and the Soda Ash Six, noon to 2 p.m. Sunday.
~A display of model antique boats by the Syracuse Model Boat Club, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
~A youth judging competition, sponsored by Hagerty Classic Marine Insurance to “spark kids’ passion for wooden boats,” 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
~Opportunities for children to paint toy wooden boats, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
~A knot-tying demonstration, 11 a.m. Saturday.
~A photo shoot and spectator cruise aboard the Judge Ben Wiles, 10 a.m. Sunday. The Judge will leave from the Mid-Lakes Navigation dock in Clift Park and make a slow tour of the north end of Skaneateles Lake while exhibiting boats make random passes and provide opportunities for action shots. 
~Raffle drawings, 1:30 p.m. Sunday.
~Judging of the boats, in 35 categories, takes place Saturday morning. Throughout the weekend, visitors will cast their votes for the highly coveted People’s Choice Award, sponsored by Doug’s Fish Fry, which will be presented at 1:45 p.m. Sunday.

Among the classic watercraft expected to be at the show are a 15-foot 1932 Chris-Craft Model 300 is coming. So, too, is a 1955 Penn Yan Sealiner. And a 1955 Wagemaker Wolverine that hasn’t been afloat in a decade.

The show is handicapped-accessible.

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