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    August 11th, 2018

    Always The Second Saturday in August

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    Les Cheneaux Islands, Michigan

    Hessel Marina downtown Hessel, Michigan

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    Always the 2nd Saturday In August

    A Les Cheneaux Classic

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    Welcome to the Les Cheneaux Islands

    Easy to Reach, Hard to Leave

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    Festival Of Arts

    Over 70 of the midwest's finest artists

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    Since 1978

    2018 is the 41st Annual Show

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    We welcome you to the area!

    Explore all that Les Cheneaux has to offer!

 

The Les Cheneaux antique wooden Boat show and Fesitval of Arts is held in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in the Village of Hessel, Michigan.
Founded in 1978, the event is held every year on the second saturday in August.



August 11, 2018

Showcase Boats for the 41st Annual Show:

The 2018 show will be our 41st year and we will be showcasing Dodge boats.  These rare antique watercraft were produced by Horace E. Dodge Boat Works of Detroit, MI from 1922 until 1929 and the Horace E. Dodge Boat & Plane Corporation of Newport News, Virginia from 1929 until 1946. Building Dodge Boats was the dream of a
young, rich playboy in the mid 1920's whose idol was Gar Wood. His father and uncle were the famous Dodge Brothers, and his mother owned the largest steam powered pleasure boat in Michigan. In 1923, three years after the year in which both his uncle and father died, he convinced his mother to give him enough money to start the Horace E Dodge Boat Works in Detroit. The boats were called Watercars and were advertised as "the world's lowest priced fine motor boats". In 1931 manufacturing was moved to a new facility in Newport News, Virginia; said to be the world's largest motor boat plant. Due to Horace Jr.'s lifestyle (partying and wife changing; he had six) the
business was shut down by the family in 1936. The facility was reopened for WW II to build boats for the US Navy. After the war it was leased to Gar Wood for motor boat and road building equipment manufacturing.



The Les Cheneaux Islands Antique Wooden Boat Show is held each year in the beautiful Upper Peninsula town of Hessel, Michigan. Some of the country’s finest boats call our rustic Les Cheneaux Islands home.  Most of these boats are used daily during the summer months as a primary mode of transportation to and from the cottages dotting the area’s 36 sheltered islands.  Les Cheneaux has a rich heritage in boat building and repair.  Our craftsmen continue to offer some of the finest restoration and repair services available. 
Entries in the boat show arrive each August from as far as California and Florida and include dinghies, rowboats, canoes, launches, sailboats, utilities, runabouts, large cruisers, racers and classic non-wood.

42nd Annual Festival of Art, August 11th, 2018


August 11, 2018

The Festival of Arts is held in conjunction with the Antique Wooden Boat show and invites artists to display and sell a variety of artwork, including photographs, painting, pottery, stained glass, textiles and jewelry.  Around 65 of the midwest’s finest artists participate in this juried show.

 

The Les Cheneaux Historical Association sponsors
the Antique Wooden Boat Show.


The Antique Wooden Boat Show is sponsored by the Les Cheneaux Historical Association in cooperation with Mertaugh Boat Works, Hessel Harbor Association and Hessel Marina.  The Historical Association uses proceeds from this event as well as other contributions to maintain and enhance our Historical and Maritime Museums, both of which are located in nearby Cedarville.

 

History of the Les Cheneaux Islands Antique Wooden Boat Show


The Les Cheneaux Islands Antique Wooden Boat Show has been a major attraction since it began in 1978 and it continues to improve every year.   Two seasonal residents of the Islands, Chuck Letts and Ken Horsburgh each had beautiful antique wooden boats and felt there were more boats from early 1900 through the 1930’s still used in the Islands than anywhere else because of the cold water and short boating season.  Thus the boat show began in the small town of Hessel.     They formed a committee and had 30 volunteers to help.   Today we attract about 150 antique and classic boats and have more than 300 volunteers to assist with this amazing show.  It is known as one of the largest shows featuring antique and classic wooden boats.
Mertaugh Boat Works, which is included at the eastern end of the boat show, had the first Chris-Craft franchise in the United States and continues to thrive.

 

Admission


Spectator Admission: 
12 years to Adult: $8.00; Children under 12: free
No animals are allowed in the show.

 

Directions and Transportation


Hessel can be reached by car, plane or boat.  The Albert Lindberg Airport has a paved 3,700 foot runway.   If traveling via highway, take Exit 359 off I-75 and drive east on M-134 just 16 miles.

Friday August 10th, 2018



Classic Car Show - Registration, Library 10am to Noon
Awards 4:30 pm
Downtown Cedarville

Cedarville Trojans Athletic Boosters-Whitefish or Chicken Dinner
5 to 7 pm Cedarville High School

Saturday August 11th, 2018

 

Boat Show - All events at Hessel Marina

Pancake Breakfast -7am to 11am

Opening Ceremony- 10am

Festival of Arts 10 am to 5 pm
Juried Art Show

Entertainment
Throughout the Day on the lawn

Food Concessions- 10 am to 5 pm

Channel Cruise exploring the beautiful Les Cheneaux Islands
Noon, and 2:30 pm departing from Hessel on
Star Line Mackinac Island Ferry .

Awards Ceremony-4 pm

Watch the Woodies as they leave the docks following the awards ceremony!

John and Diane Grenier, local artists,
will be on hand to sign their poster
commemorating the Les Cheneaux

Islands Antique Wooden Boat Show Posters


If you would like a 2018 poster sent to you, please send a check in the amount of $32.45 (includes poster, sales tax and US shipping) to LCHA, P.O. Box 301, Cedarville, MI  49719. Please include the address where you would like it shipped. US Shipping and US Dollar only.
2018 Posters available May, 2018.

Boat Show Week

Enjoy the sites and sounds of the Les Cheneaux Islands. Boat Show brings many visitors and show participants to the area. You may feel you have stepped back in time to the heyday of the wooden boat. The Channels, Bays and Boat Houses of Les Cheneaux are hosts to some of the very classic boats that you will see at the show. To fully appreciate all that Les Cheneaux has to offer....Get out and enjoy our waterways! As our local area Chamber of Commerce brochuere reads..."Les Cheneaux, easy to reach, hard to leave."

2018 Feature:
Horace E. Dodge Boat Works

The 2018 show will be our 41st year and we will be showcasing Dodge boats.  These rare antique watercraft were produced by Horace E. Dodge Boat Works of Detroit, MI from 1922 until 1929 and the Horace E. Dodge Boat & Plane Corporation of Newport News, Virginia from 1929 until 1946. Building Dodge Boats was the dream of a syoung, rich playboy in the mid 1920's whose idol was Gar Wood. His father and uncle were the famous Dodge Brothers, and his mother owned the largest steam powered pleasure boat in Michigan. In 1923, three years after the year in which both his uncle and father died, he convinced his mother to give him enough money to start the Horace E Dodge Boat Works in Detroit. The boats were called Watercars and were advertised as "the world's lowest priced fine motor boats". In 1931 manufacturing was moved to a new facility in Newport News, Virginia; said to be the world's largest motor boat plant. Due to Horace Jr.'s lifestyle (partying and wife changing; he had six) the business was shut down by the family in 1936. The facility was reopened for WW II to build boats for the US Navy. After the war it was leased to Gar Wood for motor boat and road building equipment manufacturing. The above boat is "Sully" from our 2017 show. This Dodge Boat Works creation.

 

 

 

 

Social media, Contact & Registration

 

 

 

 


 

*Downloadable Dockside Traders Application for 2018

 

*Downloadable Boat Show Application for 2018

 

 

*Click here to PAY& REGISTER ONLINE WITH PAYPAL
OnlineBoat Show Application for 2018

 

 



 

Contact Information:

(906) 484-2821

lciboatshow@gmail.com

Lodging and Area Information: Les Cheneaux Chamber of Commerce (906) 484-3935 or

lescheneaux.org