Georgetown, SC (PRWEB) February 14, 2014
The Georgetown Wooden Boat Show was announced as the winner of the Charles A. Bundy Award, an award that recognizes contributions to rural tourism in South Carolina. The show began in 1993 by a group of local business people who wanted to improve business in downtown Georgetown. For the past two decades, this event has continued to build its economic impact on the community. Local hotels, for example, experienced a 50 percent increase in accommodations revenues during the boat show weekend, and restaurants along Front Street have seen a 45 percent spike in revenue.
“We are so proud to receive this award and looking forward to even more folks coming to Georgetown for next year’s 25th Anniversary Boat Show.” - Johnny Weaver President and founding member of the Harbor Historical Association.
Georgetown’s Wooden Boat Show – always held on the third Saturday in October – features more than 140 classic wooden boats displayed on land and water, children’s model boatbuilding, knot tying, maritime art and crafts, food and music. A special attraction is the Wooden Boat Challenge when teams of two, race to build a rowing skiff within a 4 hour time limit and then test their boats for seaworthiness in a rowing relay on the Sampit River. Admission is free.
Through committed volunteer management and the support of local businesses, government, and the community, the Wooden Boat Show has become Georgetown’s premier event.
In addition to the economic impact for the area, revenues from the Wooden Boat Show have helped revitalize two historic buildings in downtown Georgetown and created the South Carolina Maritime Museum. It continues to play the major role in development of the museum and its programs, recently adding programs such as a Youth Sailing Camp and a welcome boat that distributes information about local businesses and services to visiting boaters, and smaller events such as the annual “Burning of the Socks.” After the devastating fire on Front Street last September, only three weeks before the Boat Show, the Georgetown Wooden Boat Show crew and the community rallied to overcome the challenges brought by the tragedy and launch a record-breaking show.
More information about the Georgetown Wooden Boat Show is available at http://woodenboatshow.com/ or boats(at)woodenboatshow(dot)com.