Toledo’s Wooden Boat Show returns this weekend

The Containerboard Boat Contest, the featured event of this year’s annual Toledo Wooden Boat Show, will start at 2 p.m. on Saturday. (File photo)

The Wooden Boat Show, hosted by the Port of Toledo, will return to Toledo for the 15th year on Aug. 17 and 18. As always, the event is a free and family-friendly celebration with plenty of activities to enjoy, all based around celebrating Toledo’s boat building heritage.

Activities for all ages will be available all day, including boat exhibits, live music, boat building, poker paddle, free boat rides and more — the port’s trio of Teak Lady sailboats will be on display. Visitors will have the chance to admire the craftsmanship of the wooden boats, meet exhibitors and observe boat-building in action.

However, the highlight of the weekend will take place on Saturday: the Georgia-Pacific Containerboard Boat Contest. Sailors both seasoned and new to the water will be challenged to craft the best and fastest-water worthy boat — the catch is that it must be composed entirely of cardboard. At 2 p.m., those vessels will be tested on the water, which is sure to be quite the sight.

For those looking for a fantastic listening experience this weekend, the Boat Show is the place to be. A variety of musicians, both local and from Portland, will be featured at the Waterfront Park Pavilion on both Saturday and Sunday — including award-winning soul, blues and R&B vocalist Curtis Salgado, and The Sonny Hess Band.

Fun for the whole family awaits at this historical event, which will be located at the Port’s Marina and Waterfront Park at the end of Toledo’s historic Main Street. The show will kick off at 7 a.m. on Saturday at the Pavilion, with a pancake breakfast.