Watercraft from across the state and beyond will be on display this weekend at the 5th Annual Wooden Boat Festival in Port Aransas.
This yearly effort is put together by the Port Aransas Museum and Farley Boat Works – both under the umbrella of the Port Aransas Preservation and Historical Association.
Organizers are expecting between 30 and 50 boats to be on display at Roberts Point Park (301 JC Barr Blvd.) and the Farley Boat Works (716 W. Ave. C) by both kit companies and individual builders and designers. It is an opportunity for those who attend to see beautifully handcrafted and commercially-built boats and to speak with the people who created them.
Anyone who would like to display their wooden boat is invited to do so, at no cost. It does not have to be pretty or even finished – just made of wood!
The fun begins Friday at 10 a.m. when four families will begin building boats. The construction will continue throughout the event, and the boats will launch Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. at the Harbor Boat Ramp.
A Welcome Reception will be held at Farley Boat works Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and will include a picnic meal, beer, wine and live music. Tickets are $10 per person.
On Saturday, several short classes and demonstrations will take place between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. There will also be activities for children, a Nautical Flea Market and more.