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Antique Boat Show draws more than 10,000 visitors

— There were only two winners of best in show prizes at last weekend's Antique and Classic Boat Show, but judging by the mood of the participants at the after party it seemed as if everyone took top honors.

The festive 33rd annual event brought together 85 boat owners from across the east coast, and visitors and boat enthusiasts from across the CNY region.

The show, sponsored by the Finger Lakes Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society, started at 11 a.m. Friday, July 29, and ended at 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 31. It offered three days of boat viewing and judging, live music, kids activities, historic village tours, raffles and giveaways, and food and awards.

Although the final visitor numbers were unavailable as of press time, Skaneateles Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Sue Dove said this may have been one of the biggest shows yet.

"It's gone great. Excellent," Dove said. "Saturday may have been our biggest Saturday. It's been crazy, but a good crazy."

Saturday's and Sunday's turnout exceeded expectations which is usually around 10,000, Dove said.

Saturday's mid-day madness gave way to a sedate Saturday night dinner and awards ceremony for 20 different categories at the Sherwood Inn.

The best in show award for restored boats went to John and Karen Wayman's 1940 Gar Wood vessel named Magpie.

The best in show award for preserved boats went to Sparta, N.J.'s Donald Ploetner. He owns a 1961 Chris Craft Capri called Miss Hopatcong.

"It's unbelieveable. I've been coming here three years showing boats," Ploetner said. "The show is a fabulous show. We model ours after it in New Jersey. It's just a great area to come to and visit."

Other winners included Rick and Wendy Fetridge (Best Small Craft);David Blum (Best Outboard and Motor); Craig and Pam Benson (Best Sailing Craft); Walter Herman (Best Antique Runabout); Bill and Maureen Frarey (Best Classic Runabout); Ed Bobowicz (Best Classic Utility).

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