Antique and Classic Boat Show has successful year after battling early Saturday rain

— “It’s just beautiful,” said Dick Leehr, of Warwick, NY. “The quality of the restoration of the boats is phenomenal. It’s like going into a time warp.”

Carol and Richard Garcia, who live in Philadelphia but have a summer cottage on Seneca Lake, are longtime owners and lovers of antique and classic boats. “We haven’t been to this show in a couple of years. They have a nice group of boats here,” Carol Garcia said as her husband examined a 2005 wooden canoe owned and built by Joseph Bergenstock of Syracuse.

Garcia wondered if children today can really appreciate the craft and beauty of wooden boats, versus the current fiberglass and plastic creations used today. But, she added, “You do have to be kind of nuts to have things this labor intensive.”

Saturday night, the show committee held its annual banquet and gave out awards in 21 different categories, including preservation, craftsmanship, best in show and the people’s choice award.

This year’s Best in Show – Restored award went to Robert Metcalf for his 1897 Parsons Adirondack Guideboat; the Best in Show – Preserved award went to Richard and Wendy Fetridge for their 1938 Old Town/Cattail. The People’s Choice Award was the boat called “Elizabeth Ellen” owned by the Sherwood Family of Webster.

Jason Emerson is editor of the Skaneateles Press. He can be reached at editor@skaneatelespress.com.

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