Northwoods Boating Tradition Continues

The rain kept boat traffic to a minimum Saturday on Lake Minocqua,
but the docks at the Boat House were a hub of activity filled with beautiful floating works of art.
The annual Minocqua Antique Boat Show brings boat enthusiasts together from all over the country.

" I was just finishing my boat last year. I met some guys here last year and we are friends. " says collector Tim Massey.

While the unusual July weather made it seem more like a fall festival than a boat show, the cool temperatures certainly didn't stop anyone from coming out to enjoy the fun.
Event organizers say this year's show has had a record turnout.

The show is about more than just taking in the beauty of the boats, it is about helping others.
The funds from the day go to a great cause.

"My wife has M.S. and we wanted to make something good out of it, so we have the concessions and all of the profits of that go to Multiple Sclerosis. " says show coordinator Gordon Moore.

Another advantage of the boat show is that its a great way for boat lovers to help each other out.
David Koski is currently building a boat by hand. He says that the show is a great way for him to get ideas from other people.

"A lot of people here are boat restorers and a few are boat builders. You can pick up a lot of helpful handy hints and get a little gratification for the years of effort in this." Koski says.

So whether you came out to meet fellow boat lovers or to benefit an important cause, it likely became obvious that, unfortunately, they just don't quite build boats like they used to.

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