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Classic boat show in Florida returns in April

The 16th annual Apalachicola (Fla.) Antique & Classic Boat Show will take place on April 19.

Antique boats, examples of classic and traditional vessels, workboats and fiberglass and aluminum classics will be on display throughout the day, emphasizing the coastal town’s maritime history.

The hand-hewn, circa 1830 50-foot Apalachicola Traders’ Canoe will be on display at the Cotton Warehouse on Water Street. The fully restored 1877 gaff-rigged schooner the Governor Stone will be on display at the city dock in the center of town and will give tours of the Apalachicola River.

Special highlights of the show include authentic oyster boats, workboats and home-built boats by skilled craftsmen; antique outboard engines; and antique automobiles and art booths.

The Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve will have displays about the river and its flora and fauna, and demonstrations on oyster tonging and boatbuilding. Children will be able to build their own wooden model boat.

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