Antique Boat Show

By: Amanda Lutz
By: Amanda Lutz

Lake Minocqua is usually filled to the brim with the newest and fastest boats, but this weekend it was the old antique boats that got all the attention, and that attention also helped highlight a great cause.

"One boat is prettier than the next," says Herb Wheling, an antique boat owner from Wheaton, Ill. "There are such gorgeous boats out here."

They were everywhere you looked at Bosecki's Boat House in Minocqua. The annual Antique Boat Show brought thousands of people to the Northwoods to admire these rare watercrafts.

"Most of them are Centuries, Kriss Krass, Outboard Motors and all different vintages dating back to the 1920's," says Gordon Moore, chairman of the show.

The boat show draws people from all over the country, some as far away as Georgia, Arkansas, and Missouri, and that brings lots of money into the Minocqua/Arbor Vitae economy.

"Downtown [Saturday] was just flooded with people, and you could see the thousands of people here on the decks also," says Cambria Mares, executive director of the Minocqua/Arbor Vitae/Woodruff Chamber of Commerce.

All the proceeds from the boat show will benefit the Wisconsin chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Organizers hope to raise $5,000 and help hundreds of people, including one very special person.

"What's generated now will go towards research, going to help my wife, and it'll help others," Moore says.

Organizers say the event is becoming so popular they had to turn some people away who wanted to show their boats. They say they'll try to use the public boat landing next year to accommodate more old boats.

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