Wooden Boat Show this Saturday

Jun 7, 2023 | Mountain Events

A variety of wooden boats – and woodie cars – will be on display this Saturday at Lake Arrowhead Village. (File photo)


The Antique and Classic Wooden Boat and Woodie Car Show will be arriving at the docks next to Lake Arrowhead Village this Saturday, June 10. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., come visit the Woodie Cars set up on display throughout Lake Arrowhead Village, as well as looking down at the classic boats floating in Lake Arrowhead at the ALA docks in front of McDonalds – all for free. To go down on to the Arrowhead Lake Association (ALA) docks and talk with some of the boat owners, there is a $5 donation requested.

The featured boat this year is a 19-foot Chris-Craft Runabout named Ezduzit, (pronounced easy does it) which has deep roots in Lake Arrowhead and has a colorful history. It was built as one of the last production group of 11 boats, leaving the Chris-Craft factory in Cadillac, Mich., in 1954; it appears it made its way to the Big Bear/Lake Arrowhead area.

After the first owners died, their children converted it into a water ski boat, eventually sold it, and it then needed extreme restoration and ended up floating on the Colorado River at Parker, Ariz. for a while. In 2018 it was sold again after being discussed at the Lake Arrowhead boat show, was repaired again in 2019 and came to the Lake Arrowhead show the next year.

It has since undergone a complete restoration and was entered into the Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance where it won “First Place in Class.” Ezduzit is returning to Lake Arrowhead this time, in the same condition as it did 70 years ago when it was new.

Ezduzit is being honored as the featured boat during this year’s Lake Arrowhead show and is a beauty to behold.

There are over 36 boats scheduled to be on display in the water. Each will have a short biography in the free program that all visitors will be given. Lake Arrowhead is proud that some of these beauties make their regular summer home on Lake Arrowhead. Read all about them in the program.

Also, throughout the village, will be the Up the Hill Woodie Car Club’s fabulous selection of woodie cars on display. Their primary venue is Lake Arrowhead and thus the name. The cars are set up with décor and in scenes representative of their restored style, some surfer models, some Hawaiian, some as vacation cars, all of the woodie era. Their owners are often sitting near by and enjoy talking about their restorations and love owning their classic woodie cars.

The Rim of the World Historical Society sponsors the Wooden and Classic Boat Show each year and is happy the beautiful boats are back again this June 10. Stop by and see the boats, the cars and visit the many vendors and other booths. The historical society will also be offering their books, pictures, wooden boat show shirts and will have their historians on hand to talk mountain history.

Also, the Mountain History Museum will be open all weekend long, beginning Friday from noon to 4 p.m. and all day Saturday and Sunday, June 10 and 11 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The museum, which is completely run by volunteers, will maintain these hours every weekend all summer long.

The museum has numerous upcoming events including a free ice cream social from noon to 3 p.m. on July 2 at the museum, the same day as the Lake Arrowhead holiday fireworks show. Come, bring your camera and meet Smokey on Aug. 6 and help him celebrate his birthday.

On July 15 and Aug. 19 take the History and Celebrity Cruise on the Arrowhead Queen and learn about the movies filmed on the lake and history of the area given by historical society docents, following a champagne reception on the dock. This fundraising cruise is $35 a person.

The Mountain History museum is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization, run by volunteers who are members of the Rim of the World Historical Society, established in 1986. The museum is located within the former Lake Arrowhead Fire Station #96 at 27176 Peninsula Drive at the corner of Rhine Road, in Lake Arrowhead. Contact them through their website, Mtnhistory.org, write to them at P.O. Box 1550, Lake Arrowhead, CA 92385 or call them at (909) 744-8625.


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