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Reedville Antique & Classic Boat Show

Visitors are welcome aboard the Reedville Fishermen’s Musuem’s Elva C, which was selected for placement in the Virginia Historic Landmark Register and the National Register of Historic Places in 2005.

by Shannon Rice

The Rivah season is not over just because school buses are back on the road and the kids are back in school. The Rivah counties still offer plenty of things to do on the weekends. The Reedville Fishermen’s Museum and the Tidewater Chapter of Antique and Classic Boat Society for example, will host the ninth annual Reedville Antique and Classic Boat Show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, September 8.

What’s the boat show all about? Well, it’s essentially a festival and parade—on the water! More than 25 boats will be on display on land at the museum campus and in the water at private piers up and down Reedville shoreline along Cockrell’s Creek.

Clif Ames, a Reedville Fishermen’s Museum volunteer, has been coordinating the event since its inception 10 years ago. Ames is enthusiastic about the show and what it means for the museum and the community.

“Our show is special and much more personal, thanks to the many Main Street residents who volunteer to host the visiting boats at their piers,” says Ames.

Visitors can stroll down Main Street and walk out to the piers to view these great classic boats from leading boat builders including Chris Craft, Matthews, Century, Consolidated and Whirlwind.

Smith Point Sea Rescue will operate a free water taxi at the Reedville Marine Railway to view the waterfront homes and show boats. Kayaks and other small craft are welcome to launch from the museum floating dock to view the boats from the creek. Many of the boat owners welcome visitors aboard to proudly show off the restoration work that they’ve done.

“Nowadays, master craftsmen have been replaced by computerized tooling and assembly lines. But no matter how modern the lines on boats have become, nothing can replicate the beauty and craftsmanship of the antiques and classics,” says Ames.

In addition to the boats on display, The Tidewater Oyster Gardeners Association will present an Oyster Gardening Workshop in the morning. There’s also a nautical flea market at the museum campus featuring regional vendors and local groups offering arts, crafts, foods and countless other nautical items to enhance the festive spirit of the event. The Reedville Fishermen’s Museum will be open for tours as well as its boat and model shops.

The nautical flea market, at the museum campus, features regional vendors and local groups offering arts, crafts, foods and countless other nautical items to enhance the festive spirit of the event.

“Our visitors really seem to enjoy the festival atmosphere—the village is buzzing all day,” says Ames.

The grand finale of the event is the Classic Boat Parade at 3 p.m.

“We expect to have a great turnout for the show, with boats from near and far registered for the event,” says Ames.

There is a $5 pier pass charge which also covers admission to the Reedville Fishermen’s Museum. Ages 12 and younger attending with an adult are admitted free. Wristband passes may be purchased at the information tents located at the museum and along Main Street.  There is no charge for access to the flea market or food and drink concessions.

For more information contact the Reedville Fishermen’s Museum at 453-6529, or

Things to know:
Saturday, September 8
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Boats displayed on land and in water (note: boats in water will begin lining up for the parade at 2:30 p.m.)
Nautical flea market and Main Street yard sale
Reedville Fishermen’s Museum, boat and model shops open for tours
Food and drink concessions

9 a.m – 11 a.m.
Oyster Gardening Workshop sponsored by Tidewater Oyster Gardeners Association

9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Water taxi – free – sponsored by Smith Point Sea Rescue operating from the Reedville Marine Railway pier

3 p.m.
Boat Parade with reviewing stand at Crazy Crab Restaurant

$5 ‘pier pass’ allows visitors onto the piers to visit the boats and tour museum facilities.

posted 08.30.2012

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