People lined the docks at Moonlite Bay Family Restaurant & Bar in Crosslake on a beautiful Saturday, June 21, to take in the many antique wooden boats docked in the bay for the annual Whitefish Chain Antique & Classic Wood Boat Rendezvous.
Boats came from all over Minnesota, including Nisswa, Plymouth, Alexandria, St. Cloud, Hackensack, Edina, Pine River and more cities. One boat made its way all the way from Arlington, Washington.
This tradition began in 1988, marking 27 years of the show, though it had always been the last weekend of July until this year. The question being asked around was, why so early?
"There were a couple reasons for the change in the date," said Bill Terry, a co-owner of Moonlite Bay and one of the many running the show June 21. "First, we wanted to distance ourselves from the Gull Lake boat show that runs in August, and our sponsors wanted to get an early kick off to the season by having it now."
As is tradition, boat captains voted for all categories to select winners, and spectators voted for their favorite boat as the People's Choice winner. Following are results:
Utility Under 18 feet: Dennis Madigan, 1949 Chris Craft
Utility 18-22 feet: Ted Rogers, 1959 Chris Craft
Utility Over 22 feet: Charlie Underbrink, 1955 Chris Craft
Runabout Under 18 feet: Scot Harrison, 1950 Chris Craft
Runabout 18- 22 feet: Mike Sufka, 1939 Chris Craft
Runabout Over 22 feet: Brian Mark, 1931 Hutchison
Best Outboard: Alex Johnson, 1956 Falls Flyer
Best Fiberglass Boat: Ron Stein, 1959 Larson
Best Launch: Charlie Underbrink, 1939 Goodhue Hawkins
Best Display on Land: Cameron Steffen, Antique Toy Boat Display
Best Display on Water: Lee Anderson, 1935 Fitzgerald & Lee
Best Dock Person: Mike (Muck) Holtze
Skipper's Choice: Dave Thomson, 1922 Elco
People's Choice: Dave Thomson, 1922 Elco
Grand Marshal Award: Dennis & Judy Madigan
Founder's Award: Dave Geiger