Wooden Boat Show draws thousands to Georgetown
“It was great to see people on Front Street for something other than curiosity about the fire.”
That’s what Georgetown City Administrator Chris Carter said about the huge turnout at the 24th-annual Wooden Boat Show that took place Saturday on Front Street.
Sally Swineford, one of the many volunteers for the popular event, said it is estimated 15,000 – 20,000 attended on Saturday.
“We were very pleased with the turnout and the number of sponsors,” Swineford said of the show that benefited the South Carolina Maritime Museum. “We had an unprecedented number of vendors.”
The main attraction was watching the teams of two who had up to four hours to build their row boats.
Swineford said more than 140 boats of all sizes, including model boats, were on display and more than 30 commercial vendors participated.
Carter said the boat show took place at a great time because it was the positive boost needed as Front Street starts to recover from the Sept. 25 fire.
Tom Hesslink of Beaufort, NC, was one of the exhibitors who attended the Georgetown event for the first time on Saturday.
“This is wonderful. I cannot believe how much the community supports this event. It’s well run. It’s just an amazing show,” Hesslink said.
He said he knew about the fire and knew “Georgetown would bounce back.”
Robert “Mac” McAlister, a member of the Maritime Museum’s board of directors, said a lot of people worked together to get the museum open for the boat show.
“Terrific turnout. I think it’s the best we have ever had,” McAlister said.
Swineford said plans are already being made for next year.
“It will be our 25th anniversary and we have lots of great things in the works,” she said.
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