Outdoors enthusiasts have an opportunity to take an up- close look at some classic boats today (August 26) at the Vintage Holland (Michigan) Boat Show.
Everything from wooden to fiberglass boats will be on display for people to enjoy. More than 25 boats will be in front of the Holland Museum on 10th Street, between River and Central avenues. The event runs from 10 a. m.-4 p. m.
In its seventh year, the boat show displays a variety of boats. This year, there is something new added to the show: vintage travel trailers, reports HollandSentinel.com.
Three travel trailers will be on display. Visitors will have the opportunity to look inside the trailers to see how they are decorated on the interior.
“You’d think you’d stepped into a 1960s TV show when you enter the trailers. These people go all out,” said Geoffrey Reynolds, co- chairman of the event.
The idea to expand the boat show to include vintage travel trailers came from Holland Historical Trust board member Mary Bamborough.
Bamborough and her husband, Tom, belong to several vintage travel trailer clubs.
“These trailers are Michigan outdoor enjoyment,” Bamborough said.
Bamborough bought her 1965 Airstream Globetrotter seven years ago, when her father spotted one up north. After some renovations, the trailer was ready for use. The Bamboroughs have since joined other vintage travel trailer enthusiasts at rallies and use the travel trailer for camping, HollandSentinel.com reports.
People are surprised at the spaciousness of the trailers, Bamborough said. Many trailers are decked out with a bed, shower, toilet, dinette, and other accommodations.
Peoples personalities come out in the way the interiors of the trailers are decorated.
“Even though the trailers have the same floor plan, people decorate them differently,” Bamborough said.
People will have opportunities to look inside the trailers. Bamborough will be available to answer questions about her trailer.
Besides the new additions, all types of boats will be on display for those who enjoy looking at and learning about vintage boats. Most of the boats are from the 1960s and from previous decades. The oldest boat is a 26- foot 1902 Jesiek from Eldean Shipyard.
Holland has had an illustrious boat-making past. There were 52 boat companies in Holland over the years. Everything from schooners built in the 1880s to powerboats were created in Holland.
Now, only two boat companies remain Tiara Yachts and Grand Craft.
Reynolds believes it’s the long history of Holland’s rich boating industry that draws people to the boat show.
“You have boats that many people might have owned or there are boats that people saw out on the water. Holland made boats and used them,” Reynolds said.
The admission to the boat show allows people free admission that day into the museum and ice cream.
“You’d think you’d stepped into a 1960s TV show when you enter the trailers. These people go all out.”
Geoffrey Reynolds, cochairman of the Vintage Holland Boat Show
Vintage Holland Boat Show
Date: August 26, 2012
Time: 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Location: Holland Museum, 31 W. 10th Street, Holland, MI 49423
Phone: (616) 796-3329
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