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Wooden Boat Show Celebrates Georgetown’s Maritime Heritage

  By  Nora Battle

Wooden Boat Show Celebrates Georgetown’s Maritime Heritage

This coming weekend, October 19 and 20, packs a lot of exciting events in the Myrtle Beach area. From the Loris Bog-Off in northern Horry County to the 29th Annual Wooden Boat Show on the southern end of the Grand Strand in Georgetown, South Carolina… there is a lot going on. The Georgetown Wooden Boat show is always held on the third weekend in October and features one of the Southeast’s best wooden boat exhibits.

More than 140 classic wooden boats are displayed both on land and in water, and the festival features everything from knot tying and maritime art to children’s model boat building, crafts, food, and live music. This popular event is a celebration of the Georgetown area’s strong maritime heritage, and the organizers do a fantastic job making it fun and educational for all ages attending.

A special attraction is Saturday’s Wooden Boat Challenge. Teams of two race to build a rowing skiff within a four-hour time limit and then test their boats in a rowing relay race along the Sampit River. On Sunday, festival attendees can expect a family-friendly day that includes a Cardboard Boat Regatta and Opti Pram Regatta. A full schedule of their festival events can be found on their website at

I have several friends that attend this event each year, and they tell me the best way to enjoy the festival is to stay the weekend in scenic Georgetown. It provides plenty of time to explore not only the festival activities but the historic port city of Georgetown as well. So last minute fall getaway planners, here’s a perfect weekend with a built-in itinerary!

Nora Battle

As a lifelong South Carolinian and nearly lifelong Grand Strand resident, Nora Battle knows there is lots to love about the Myrtle Beach area. She is a full-time stay-at-home mom to two boys, ages 3 and 6 months, and a part time travel contributor for Visit Myrtle Beach. She’s passionate about all things Myrtle Beach, and knowledgeable about what makes the destination such a smart choice for families. Nora especially enjoys dining out, bargain hunting, and spending time outdoors adventuring with her children, husband (also a Grand Strand native) and her two dogs.