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Dave Thomson's 1922 elco cruisette, winner of both the Skipper's choice and People's choice awards on Saturday, June 21.

Classic wood boats showcased at Whitefish Chain show

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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.

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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

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