Dear Classic Boat Enthusiast,

Thank you for registering your boat(s) for the 31st annual Door County Classic & Wooden Boat Show, Saturday and Sunday, August 6 and 7, 2022, at the Door County Maritime Museum, 120 North Madison Avenue, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235.


 Boats may begin checking in after 8:00am, Friday, August 5. Contact us if you need to arrive earlier.

  • Check-in at the Boat Show Information Tent (look for the signal flags) IMMEDIATELY AFTER DOCKING or ARRIVING! You will be directed to your display/exhibit destination, and receive your exhibitor packet.
  • Your packet will contain: display cards, 2 Museum Admission passes (for future use), 2 ID badges w/ lanyard – your admission into the Museum building during the weekend, and Sturgeon Bay information. Please fill out your personal information on the ID cards so other boaters can get to know you.
  • A map to the Show site and the Sawyer Park launch area is available on our website,
    A daily launch pass is $7.00. There is a credit card payment kiosk located at Sawyer Park Boat Launch.
  • Trailers may be left at Sawyer Park along the south fence at the back of the parking lot.
  • Trailered vessels will be displayed in the parking lot of the Museum for easy access and departure and great visibility. Canoes and kayaks will display on the lawn west of the Museum. Model boats will set up in tents also along the Museum’s west side. Overnight storage for models is available in the Museum.


  • Sea-wall space is limited for larger vessels.
  • Your vessel may be docked on the floating dock provided by the City of Sturgeon Bay, the adjoining docks at Snug Harbor Boat Rental or Skipper Bud’s Harbor Club Marina.
  • Please ensure you have adequate fenders and line, in the rare case that we must raft another boat off of your vessel.
  • We appreciate your flexibility in the shifting of vessels and thank you in advance for your understanding!
  • Security is provided from 10pm Friday and Saturday nights until 7am the following morning.


  • 6th annual Bay to Lake Lighthouse Cruise, Friday, August 5, begins at 1:00pm. Enjoy a 10-mile roundtrip cruise from the Museum to Sherwood Point Lighthouse on Green Bay, then out to Lake Michigan past the Coast Guard Station and Pierhead Light at the east end of the shipping channel.
  • At 1:00pm, meet in the second-floor lobby of the Maritime Museum for a brief Skippers’ meeting.
  • If the weather is favorable, we’ll begin the cruise after the meeting. We will not cruise if small craft warnings are posted. The cruise may be shortened if sea conditions are rough or choppy.
  • The Docktails & Delights cocktail/pizza party for Pre-Registered Friday Cruise participants begins after the cruise at 6:00pm under the large tent at the Museum. It’s a great time to relax and meet your fellow classic boat enthusiasts. Please wear/bring your ID card and lanyard.


  • The show is open to the public Saturday: 10:00am-5:00pm, and Sunday: 10:00am-4:00pm
  • Your boat must be present on both days of the festival in order to receive any award or recognition.
  • If you display a “For Sale” sign on your boat, you must be present on site whenever a “For Sale” sign is evident.
  • We offer boat rides by volunteer exhibitors. If you’re willing to offer free short boat rides to the public in the downtown area, please contact Bill Freyman. Owners who volunteer, do so on their own. We require all participants to wear life jackets – absolutely no exceptions!
    There will be no exchange of money, donations, or tipping.
  • The Glacier Lakes Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society will provide two pop-up tents acting as a “boaters’ lounge” near the trailered boat displays. This area is open to all registrants as a place to escape the sun and to meet other enthusiasts. It is a good idea to bring chairs for yourself and crew.
  • Saturday evening:
    • 5:00pm, Waterfront Promenade of the Museum: We invite you to attend a “Salute to the U.S. Coast Guard”, performance by Door County’s Peninsula Symphonic Band. Bring your own chair.
    • 6:00pm: Board your boat and join the Classic Boat Parade through Sturgeon Bay. Parade will begin at 6:30pm. Follow the US Coast Guard vessel for the route along Sturgeon Bay’s waterfront.
      Meet in the basin next to the Museum’s tug “John Purves.” You may wish to stay in your vessel and watch the fireworks show that will begin over Sturgeon Bay at 8:30pm; feel free to find a watch spot after the parade!
  • We welcome all parade participants to gather – by boat or by car – at the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club for dinner after the parade. The Club is open to the public that evening.
  • 8:30pm: Sturgeon Bay will celebrate (rain-delayed) Independence Day with a fantastic fireworks display. Show boaters will have excellent seats on boats docked in the Harbor Club, along the Michigan Street Bridge, or the park across from the Museum. The show launches north-west of the Museum over the bay.


  • People’s Choice: The public chooses 1 boat to receive a People’s Choice Boat of the Year recognition.
  • Awards for displayed vessels in all other categories will be decided by you, the registered boaters and crews. Each registered boat and crew receives 2 ballots. Please visit all of the boats and recognize those you find particularly interesting. Voting instructions are on the ballots.
  • Boaters: Make sure to place your boat information display cards where they are easily seen!
  • All votes must be cast on Saturday by 5:00pm. Awards presentation will begin at 3:00pm on Sunday.

We are all excited for this year’s event and want to thank you for exhibiting. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please email:  or call Bill Freyman at (920) 868-1749.  You may also contact Paige Funkhouser at the Museum at (920) 743-5958; or
During the show, Bill can be reached via his cell: (920) 246-7369.

We’re looking forward to seeing you soon!
Door County Maritime Museum
Classic and Wooden Boat Show Crew