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37th Annual
Antique Wooden Boat Show
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August 9, 2014

The Les Cheneaux Islands Antique Wooden Boat Show is held each year in Hessel, Michigan.

Hessel is in the beautiful Upper Peninsula and can be reached by car, plane or boat. The Albert Lindberg Airport has a paved 3,700 foot runway. If traveling via highway, take Exit 359 off I-75 and drive east on M-134 just 16 miles.

Some of the country's finest boats call the beautiful
Les Cheneaux Islands home.

Entries arrive each August from as far away as
California and Florida.

Vessels include dinghies, rowboats, canoes, launches, sailboats, utilities, runabouts, large cruisers, racers and classic glass.
This year for the first time we will be showcasing a specific marque and/or model. In keeping with our Les Cheneaux history of having the first Chris-Craft dealership and also being an early fishing resort community; the Chris-Craft Sportsman will be featured.

Chris-Craft built their first Sportsman models in 1937 and 1938 when the 15.5 foot Deluxe Runabout and the 24 foot Utility could be ordered without a stern seat for improved movement around the engine box when fishing. This model designation was eventually used with over 40 different boats in the Chris-Craft fleet. Three Sportsman models: a 14 foot Kit Boat, the 17 foot and 22 foot Post War Utilities had production figures in excess of 2000 each.

We will have a special award for these boats; so if you have a Chris-craft Sportsman, please consider bringing it to Hessel this year.

"2014 Showcasing the Chris-Craft Sportsman Models"

Photo courtesy of Hagerty Insurance Co.
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The Les Cheneaux Historical Association sponsors the Antique Wooden Boat Show.

Proceeeds from the event go to maintain and enhance the Historical Museum and the Maritime Museum,
which are located in nearby Cedarville.

Boat Show Registration Form
Click for Boat Show Registration Form
and Brochure (pdf)


festival of arts  
The Festival of Arts is held each year in conjunction with
the Annual Antique Wooden Boat Show.

Artists and craftspeople display and sell a variety of artwork,
including photographs, paintings, pottery, textiles, glass jewelry, dolls,
wood toys, and many other items.

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Dates / Prices
    August 9, 2014
    • 12 years - Adult:  $7.00
    • Children under 12:  Free
    • No Dogs Allowed (other than service animals)
Maps / Directions
Click here for Maps / Directions
Contact Information
    Email ,  contact the Historical Museum at (906) 484.2821 or email the .
    Dockside Traders:
    Festival of Arts:
    Contact the Historical Museum at (906) 484.2821, email the , or visit the
      Les Cheneaux Festival of Arts website.  
Schedule of Events

Friday evening - August 8
Saturday - August 9
Whitefish/BBQ Chicken Dinner:   5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Cedarville High School
Cedarville Trojans Athletic Boosters

Classic Car Show
Downtown Cedarville

Classic Boat Auction:   3:00 p.m.
Historical Museum
See for consignment & Bidder opportunities 
Boat Show - All events at Hessel Marina

Pancake Breakfast
7:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m
Opening Ceremony
10:00 a.m.
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Awards Ceremony
4:00 p.m.

Arts & Crafts by local and visiting artisans
Entertainment throughout the day,
including The Skylarks

Channel cruises exploring the beautiful
Les Cheneaux Islands
(2 tours by Arnold Transit Co.)

Dockside Traders

During the Boat Show there will be a sales area known as Dockside Traders, featuring antique boat products
and related materials.

   Dockside Trader Application    

Click for Dockside Trader Application (pdf)
   Contact Information    

or call (906) 484-6813
Purchase Annual Poster
2014 Poster will be available May 1st

Signed Poster Price:  $21.95
May be purchased at boat show,
and at either Historical or Maritime Museum.

To order by mail:

Call (906) 484-2821 or write us at
Les Cheneaux Historical Association
P.O. Box 301, Cedarville, MI 49719

($5.00 additional cost for S&H)

2012 Boat Show Poster
LCHA  •  P.O. Box 301, Cedarville, MI 49719  •  phone: (906) 484-2821
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