Classic & Wooden Boat Festival, Aug 2-3, 2014

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Don’t miss this action-packed weekend that’s fun for the entire family!

Watch as two-person teams creatively build boats from scratch on Saturday and race them on Sunday in the Sikaflex Challenge.  The field is limited to 12 two-person teams.  Again, participants are restricted in the amount of material and tools they can use during construction.  Register your team and join the fun!  Entry is free for both the boat entries and the Sikaflex event.  Print this PDF Sikaflex Challenge Registration Form, fill it out and mail it to us.  

Kids can build and paint their own sailboat or tug (one per child, $2-3 per kit), meet Coastie, the Coast Guard robot, and try mini-tug races!

The entire family can take in beautiful classic and wooden boats brought to the museum by their proud owners.  The Festival annually features a remarkable assortment of vessels with judges awards for power, sail and self-powered boats.  Festival attendees will also vote for People's Choice award winners on the Saturday of the show.  To register your classic or wooden boat for exhibit at the 23rd Annual Classic & Wooden Boat Festival, print this pdf Boat Registration Form, fill it out and mail it to us.

We are looking for new and gently used maritime items or nautical artifacts to be sold at our Boathouse Sale during the Classic & Wood Boat Festival August 3-4.  As you clean your warehouse, storage area, marina, backroom, boat or store, please think of us.  All profits support the preservation and celebration of our rich maritime history!

Sample nautical items for consideration:
Ring buoys  --  Dinghies  --  Canoes  --  Boat cushions  --  Flares  --  GPS  --  Decorative items  --  Maritime books (fiction/nonfiction)  --  Oars & paddles  --  Nautical pictures  --  Door County items & books  --  Diving equipment  --  Fishing equipment  --  Underwater cameras  --  Depth finders  --  Trailers  --  Tote bags  --  Sailing equipment  --  Small sailboats  --  Water toys  -- and MORE!

Please drop off your items at the Maritime Museum prior to July 22.  For pick-up or any questions, call (920-743-5958) or email us ( ).  Thank You For Your Support!

Click here to see some of the treasures we have collected, so far...

Author Trygvie Jensen (Door County native) will join us to sign his books "Through Waves and Gales Come Fishermen's Tales" and "Wooden Boats and Iron Men."  He will be at the Festival on Saturday at 11:00 am to sign books and chat with visitors.   Both books can be bought in our Museum Store.  Trygvie Jensen was born on Washington Island, ensconced in a rich Scandinavian heritage, working class community, and strong family values, gave him the tools necessary to create his art and build his dreams.  The inspiration for his books derived from the memory and spirit of Trygvie's Great Grandfathers Oliver Bjarnarson and Harry Hagen.  Both were commercial fishermen at Washington Island, which during its zenith was the dominant industry and mainstay of Door County.  


Enjoy the working waterfront and watch as artists recreate Sturgeon Bay on canvas.  Area artists are invited to participate in this popular plein air painting event beginning Saturday with artists spreading out along the shores of Sturgeon Bay.  Works must have a maritime theme and be completed and returned to the festival grounds by 1 pm.  A silent auction follows in the Museum with proceeds going to the artist and the Museum.  Entry fee is $15 for adults and $10 for students.  To pre-register print this pdf "Paint the Bay" Registration Form, fill it out and mail it to us.  Registrations will also be taken beginning at 8 am the morning of the event, at which time all the artists' medium will be stamped and artists will be released to begin painting.


Plus, browse a collection of maritime-themed arts, crafts, books and collectibles in our Museum Store.



Saturday, August 2, 9 am – 5 pm

Sunday, August 3, 10 am – 4 pm


$15 - Non-member Adults                          
$7.50 - Non-member Youth (8-17)            
Free - Children 7 & under

$3 - Member Adults
$2 - Member Youth (8-18)

Active Duty Coast Guard & Fmly.....Member Price
Auxiliary Coast Guard & Fmly.....Member Price

Admission includes:

1 - the two-day Festival and its events
2 - entrance to the Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay and the exciting, “Pirates - Ship to Shore” exhibit
3 - deck tour of the tug John Purves 

Admission bracelets are provided to attend both days of the festival. Free passes & discount coupons are not valid during this special event. 

Questions?  Call us at 920-743-5958.

Schedule of Events


9 a.m..................Grounds Open
8 a.m. - 1 p.m......Paint the Bay (Artists painting on and off grounds)
9 a.m. - 5 p.m......People's Choice Voting:  Exhibited Boats
10 a.m................Sikaflex Challenge Building Begins
10:30 a.m..........Sturgeon Bay Sail Training Foundation - Sailing Demonstrations
11 - 4 p.m........Book Signing with Author Trygvie Jensen ("Wooden Boats and Iron Men" and "Through Waves and Gales Come Fisherman's Tales" available in Museum Store)
2 - 4 p.m...............People's Choice Voting:  Paint the Bay
2 - 5 p.m...............Paint the Bay Entries on Display & Silent Auction (Museum 2nd floor)
5 p.m....................Grounds Close


10 a.m.................Grounds Open
10 a.m. - Noon.......People's Choice Voting:  Sikaflex Challenge Teams & Paint the Bay
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.......Paint the Bay Entries on Display & Silent Auction (Museum 2nd floor)
10:30 a.m..........Sturgeon Bay Sail Training Foundation - Sailing Demonstrations
12:45 - 1:45 p.m.....Sikaflex Challenge Sea Trials
3:30 p.m................Awards Ceremony for all People's Choice Awards:  Exhibited Boats, Sikaflex Challenge, Paint the Bay
4 p.m...................Grounds Close

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