On Saturday May 26, from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM, the Wisconsin Canoe Heritage Museum (WCHM) in Spooner (WI) will be celebrating Wisconsin Canoe Heritage Day. This free annual event marks the season opening of the museum and the unveiling of a new annual exhibit. The main attraction of the day will be the Canoe & Wooden Boat Show. A wide array of antique canoes, boats, and canoe related materials will be on display, with collectors, builders, and canoeing enthusiasts in general bringing their gems to display, trade, sell, or just simply talk about.
“Over 25 exhibitors have already registered for space,” says WCHM Executive Director Jed Malischke, “a new record for the event.” John Fuller is coming from Duluth with a 15’ 1942 Old Town wood canvas square stern canoe. Fred Weber is coming from Sheboygan to demonstrate his Myka Canoe Loaders, an adaptive aid to loading and unloading a canoe to and from a vehicle. Steve Hegna is returning from Black River Falls with his newly restored 18’ 1915 Old Town Ideal and an original 15’ 1933 Old Town Fifty-Pounder. One of the last boats made by the Hayward Boat Company, a 14’ oak slat rowboat, is coming with John Hackemer from Naperville, Illinois. George Nelson of Minoqua is bringing a 1938 wood canvas Prospector Vee-Stern canoe with a 1933 Johnson A-65 4.1 hp motor.
While the boat show transpires out in the street, the beer garden will feature live music on the “back porch stage.” Brave Cowboy returns as favorites from last year, with Jason Rabuck on harmonica and guitar and Eric Schubring on banjo and guitar. They provide an inspired and vibrant blend of folk, rock, blues, and originals. They will be joined this year by the bluegrass duo of Tom & Jed from Ashland and Four Mile Portage, an old-time stringband style duo from Duluth. Wisconsin Canoe Heritage Day is a free event in Spooner produced by the WCHM each year on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend from 10 am to 4 pm. For more information visit www.WisconsinCanoeHeritageMuseum.org.