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Minocqua boat show honors founderSubmitted: 06/22/2018
Andrew Goldstein
Andrew Goldstein
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agoldstein@wjfw.com

Minocqua boat show honors founder
MINOCQUA - Owners of wooden boats describe them as labors of love.

"If you're going to own a boat like this, you have to have a commitment," said boat owner Marc Toigo. "It's not optional."

It's the kind of commitment Gordon Moore had when he helped start the Minocqua Antique Wooden & Classic Boat Show 26 years ago. Moore passed away in August, making this weekend's show the first without him.

"We're going to laugh a lot, because he'd want us to," said show organizer Al Hanley. "(Moore) had a great sense of humor, he was a truly unique individual."


Hanley and his fellow organizers plan to honor Moore through more than just wooden boats. They also sell t-shirts remembering him for $20, with all the proceeds going to benefit multiple sclerosis research, a cause important to the founders' hearts.

"My wife who had multiple sclerosis came with me (on my first show) and the gentleman who ran the show, his wife also has M.S.," said co-organizer Peter Ekstrom.

Together, Ekstrom, Moore and their fellow organizers raised more than $100,000 over the years for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Wisconsin.

"They're so nice and they're so generous and they buy t-shirts," Ekstrom said of the people that come to the show. "It's just a wonderful event."

After rainouts for the past few years, the weather looks clear for the rest of the weekend, which Hanley sees as divine inspiration.

"We've got a captain angel up there looking down on us," Hanley said.


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