The 23rd annual Fulton Chain Ren-dez–vous of the Antique and Classic Boat Society will be held on Saturday, July 13. Over 50 boats will be on display at the Old Forge lakefront for public viewing from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at no charge.
The show includes a mix of classic favorites and will also feature some boats entirely new to the event.
Deke Morrison will display his 1926 Hackercraft and Ed Mitchell of Second Lake will be showing his classic Leighton.
“The Leighton is of particular interest because it’s lived on the Fulton Chain of Lakes since its birth in 1903,” said Carol Hornick of Old Forge, a co-organizer of the show.
Another new boat that can be viewed at this year’s show is 21-foot Chris Craft Classic Runabout, added Hornick.
Dunn’s Boat Service will be offering free rides aboard their antique Chris Craft vessel, Grace, throughout the show.
Promptly at 2 p.m., the fleet will take off for a grand parade though the 1.5 mile channel that marks the beginning of the Fulton Chain of Lakes.
Awards will be given in a number of categories including historic, antique, classic, contemporary, and Exhibitors’ Choice. The viewing public may cast their votes for the People’s Choice Award.
There will be exciting events on land as well including canoe raffles, said event co-organizer Deke Morrison.
The Fulton Chain of Lakes Association (FCLA) will host an invasive species table to answer questions, provide information and serve as a drop off for aquatic plant samples.
Samples should be placed in a ziplock bag with a note attached, giving the day the plant was found, its location and the contributor’s name and phone number.
Lunch and snacks will be available for purchase.
The event is organized by Carol Hornick, Tom Maltby, Robb Kidd, Deke Morrison and Bill Ransom and hosted by the Adirondack Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society. It is co-sponsored by the Central Adirondack Assoc-iation, Brooker’s Hardware & Lumber, the Strand Theatre, Water’s Edge Inn, Rivett’s Marine, Adirondack Bank, Water Safari/ Enchanted Forest, T.A. Down Construction Co., Shelter, DiOrio’s Supermarket and Old Forge Camping Resort.