Antique & Classic Boat Show raises money for Multiple Sclerosis Submitted: 07/25/2015
MINOCQUA - The Annual Antique and Classic Wooden Boat show has drawn thousands of people to Minocqua for the past 23 years. Boats came from as far as Florida and Texas to take part in this year's event.

"Right now, there's 33 in the water, and another 24 somewhere on land all around us," said Al Hanley, the show's co-organizer.

The oldest boat at the show was built in 1915. Visitors say the show offers a great way to have fun, see history, and also help a great cause. 

"About 12 or 15 years ago, my wife has MS, so we decided to turn it into a fundraiser for multiple sclerosis," said co-organizer Gordon Moore. "So during that period of time in total, we've gotten about $100,000 for MS."

All the proceeds from this event go toward MS research. 

"It helps them fund the research projects," said co-organizer Peter Ekstrom. "And they've been very successful with the research because of the funds that are donated from events like this."

Visitors keep coming back for more than just the classic boats. 

"The camaraderie, the people you meet, the benefit for MS," said 1948 Chris-Craft boat owner Andy McCormick. "Just enjoying the lake, and it's also supposed to be great weather."

"It's a beautiful event," said Russ Edelburg from Oregon, WI. "I encourage anyone that hasn't been to this event to come out and help support Multiple Sclerosis Society and enjoy the beautiful pieces of history that we have on display here."

The boat show will run through Sunday at the Boathouse in Minocqua from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. 

Story By: Mary O'Connell

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