Ahoy! It’s the 35th Annual Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival! This weekend, July 2-4, there will be plenty for the whole family to do at the South Lake Union celebration.  The theme of the annual Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival is heritage wooden boats. It’s an old-fashioned, down-home waterfront festival where everything is fun, almost everything is free and nothing much is fancy. It’s as authentically grassroots American as you can get on the Fourth of July weekend, and has been for the last 34 years.

The 2011 Festival will include: visiting vessels, free public boat rides on Lake Union, activities for kids including toy boat building and a scavenger hunt, craft and skill demonstrations, family boat building, food vendors, live music, and a 24 hour boat building race called the Quick and Daring.  You can even bring your wooden boat to the show! There’s no fee to display your boat unless you post a for sale sign.  The festival runs from Saturday, July 2 through Monday, July 4 from 10:00am – 10:00pm.

And if you don’t own a boat, you can learn to build one through the Family Boat Building class? Or you can create your own design for the Quick and Daring Race! Participants in the race get one day to build a boat and then race it against other contestants. There will be cash prizes, and lots of fun.

The Center for Wooden Boats is located at 1010 Valley Street, Seattle, WA 98109.  Check out their website at http://www.cwb.org.

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