The Port of Toledo Wooden Boat Show is one of the Coots' favorite events. The organizers treat us real good, and there are lots of interesting boats and nice people there. Although not a Coot sponsored event, the Toledo Boat Show is a major Coot gathering, and the Oregon Coots Chapter of the Traditional Small Craft Association (TSCA ) holds its annual meeting around the campfire Saturday evening.

Toledo is a small city located on the Yaquina River, about 12 miles from its mouth, inland from Newport on the central Oregon coast. Its main industry is a large paper mill. The Port of Toledo runs a boatyard nearby, and Yaquina Boat Equipment services large fishing boats next to the port docks. The Toledo Community Boathouses, will be right in the middle of the show. The Yaquina Pacific Railroad Historical Society has a museum right next door.

Events during the show will include family boatbuilding (sponsored by the TSCA), boat rides, and a poker paddle. The crowd favorite is the cardboard boat races Saturday afternoon. The Boathouse will be loaning out sailboats, rowboats and canoes.

Although it's a Wooden Boat Show, boats made of other materials, "In the tradition of Wooden Boats", are also welcomed, and interesting boats of all sorts might be accepted -- we had a steel submarine one year! Steamboats are always welcome, whatever they're made of. It's a low-key, fun show.

The Port has put some handy online registration forms up on their Web page for the show. They'll make it even easier to get your registration in soon:

Be there or be square.