BASS LAKE — We’re in for another exciting weekend as the annual Bass Lake Antique and Classic Boat Show returns to the The Pines Marina for its 29th incarnation, sponsored by the Bass Lake Lion’s Club and Bass Lake Watersports.
Somewhere between 40 and 60 of the finest preserved and restored watercraft to be found on the West Coast are expected to be docked by Saturday morning, May 18, when gates at the marina open at 9 a.m. to visitors for a $5 entry fee. Children under 10 are free. The show goes on until 4 p.m. and culminates with a raffle.
The watertop extravaganza is the annual rendezvous for the Southern and Northern California Chapters of the Antique and Classic Boat Society of America and promises to be one of the largest of the season in California.
The show features classic wooden boats with meticulous craftsmanship, many worth upwards of $50,000 to $100,000. Participants in the boat show come from all over the west coast and beyond — and this is an opportunity for visitors to meet them and hear their stories.
During the day, show-goers will hear the island sounds of the soon-to-be-famous ukulele band, Kamanawannaplaya and the Marina Grill will be open.
Proceeds from the family-friendly event go to the Bass Lake Lion’s Club, where they’re later disbursed to a number of local charities and schools. It’s an opportunity to have a great time, participate in an important community event, see some gorgeous boats and even have your say as to the winners of the show.
Meanwhile, on Friday, May 17, many of the participating boats will be docked at Miller’s Landing Resort. This is a perfect weekend for some eye candy at the lake.