There is a newly formed and growing Wooden and Classic Boat Club at Lake Lotawana, Missouri which is southeast of Kansas City. This group wanted to contribute to the community by having a boat show that would benefit the city’s Parks & Recreation Department. To make the show spectacular, they invited the ACBS Heartland Classics Chapter to bring wooden boats and be part of the show weekend.
In the beginning, there were nine ACBS member boats that joined the local boats to make almost two dozen antique and classic boats for the public to enjoy.
The hosts for the event and the whole community were the epitome of graciousness. As Heartland members arrived, we were greeted warmly, boat launching was orchestrated by a crew of helpers and we were guests in their homes.
This was a fundraiser. Prior to the event, Lake Lotawana residents had “purchased a ride” in one of the visiting boats – big $$$. What could be better – boating with new friends in an old boat on a beautiful lake and raising funds for a needed project at the same time.
Raffle tickets were sold to win a ride in the 1964 Amphicar owned by Tim Wahl. Kevin and Jeanne won one of the drawings.
Pictures are worth a thousand words – those words would say repeatedly “great show” with “gorgeous boats” and “wonderful people” having fun and enjoying “perfect weather” and “scrumptious meals”. So here is a parade of pictures of some of the boats to tell the rest of the story: