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WoodenBoat Show returns to Connecticut this weekend

More than 10,000 people are expected to visit the 21st annual WoodenBoat Show, which kicks off today in Mystic, Conn.

The show, sponsored by Mystic Seaport and Maine-based WoodenBoat Publications, will run through Sunday.

"This is our biggest weekend of the year," Dan McFadden, a Mystic Seaport spokesman, told the Connecticut Post.

Once they’re on the grounds of the museum, visitors will have a chance to meet boatbuilders, designers, owners and other exhibitors and see some of the restoration work being done on the seaport's Charles W. Morgan, the country's last wooden whaling ship.

Visitors also will see the wares of many vendors, ranging from nautical art to boating gear.

More than 100 wooden boats will be on display, from handcrafted kayaks to schooners.

Amateur boatbuilders can show off their skills in the "I Built it Myself" display, and Saturday will see the return of Skua racers in the Mystic River, beginning at 3 p.m.

A Skua is an 8-foot outboard boat based on a 1939 design, organizers said.

This year’s demonstrations are focused on the work of the seaport's shipwrights as they use traditional skills to restore the Morgan, a 113-foot 1841 whaleship that the museum acquired in 1941.

Click here for more show information.

Click here for the Connecticut Post story.

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