The Return of The Port Huron Boat Festival

The Port Huron Boat Festival is back this weekend! After a bit of a hiatus for the past few years, it has finally returned, and it’s better than ever. Officially, we can mention the Blue Water Antique and Classic Boat Show and Rib Fest (mmm… ribs); this event is expected to feature 50 classic boats lined up along the Black River.

Event Chair, LeRoy Stevens says the event is now here to stay, merged with Port Huron and Rib Fest. It will happen every year on the last Saturday in July.

The show promises something for everyone—including the kids. In fact, there will be a “Pirate Land” activity centre for children. There will also be a sponsored children’s life-jacket fitting and giveaway.

A must-see at the show will be the Harold Baker, which was originally built in the town in 1939 by Baker, who wanted to see a ship building business in the area. The boat has been restored according to the original blueprints, and will be there with its owners, Tom and Joyce Neff. Just goes to show you how long a boat can last when you take good care of it!

Starting Friday night, the movie, “Pirates of the Carribbean” will be screened along the Black River between the Port Huron Yacht Club and the Quay Street Brewery. It’s free and will start around 9:30pm.

As is fitting for a place with antique boats on parade, Port Huron, “the Maritime Capital of the Great Lakes,” is easy to get to by boat. It’s located on the St. Clair River, opposite Sarnia, Ontario. The Black River joins the St. Clair in the city centre. The northern edge of the city is bounded by Lake Huron.

The Yacht Club provides moorage, as does the city’s marina. The boat show isn’t a restricted weekend, so your options should still be pretty good, even at this late date.  If you’re having propeller problems, we can help you with that, or you can drive in from Detroit or Toronto. Have fun!

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