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Georgetown's Wooden Boat Show will go on in aftermath of Hurricane Matthew


The 27th annual Georgetown Wooden Boat Show will go on as planned as the area continues to recover from Hurricane Matthew.

The free weekend festival Oct. 15 and 16 celebrates Georgetown's maritime history with wooden boats on display, arts and crafts, model boat building. boat races on the Sampit River and a special Cardboard Boat Regatta. 

The wooden boat exhibit features more than 125 boats in the water and along Front Street. The boats will be on display from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.  The boats range from kayaks to yachts and boat craftsmen will be on hand to talk about their work. 

One of the highlights of the show is the Wooden Boat Challenge on Saturday. Teams of two race to build a rowing skiff between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. Once the boats are finished, the teams will test their vessel's seaworthiness in a race on the Sampit River at 5 p.m. 

Sunday features family-friendly events including the first Cardboard Boat Regatta at 1:30 p.m. Participants will build boats entirely out of cardboard and then hope they don't sink. The boats will be on display from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. under the big tent on Broad Street. Awards will be given for the best overall, best team spirit and the "Titanic Award" for the boat with the most dramatic sinking.

The only event of the show to be canceled is Sunday's Opti Pram Regatta for children. Water conditions could be too unpredictable to safely hold the event. 

For more information and to see the full schedule of the event, click here.

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