The Greenville Convention Center was gracious to give us a booth once again at the Upstate South Carolina Boat show last weekend. This is the 11th year the Blue Ridge chapter has be able to show off some of our wonderful boats to the public at this show.
We had a total of six boats this year. Steve DeWire (new Member) brought his 1966 Century Arabian, Sykes Detrick displayed his newly restored 1952 Chris Craft Rivera, Bryan Wheeler (new Member) worked until Tuesday morning to have his 1937 Hacker Delux Runabout finished in time to haul her to the convention center, Roger Balley, showed his 29 foot Gidley Black Cat, Scott Perkins brought the smallest boat his 1955 Aristo Cat Torpedo and I showed my unrestored 1949 Chris Craft U-22. I would also like to thank Al Olsen and Gary Freperman for their help staffing the booth.
The show ran from Thursday till Sunday and was well attended by the public. Has always our booth had the most lookers from open to closes. People marveled at each boat. As always, the most asked question was “do you really put these in the water.” We had a number of people thank us for bringing the boat out and remarked that they were hoping we would be at the show again this year.
While talking to everyone we reminded them of our upcoming in water boat show on Lake Lure on the 21 of May. The planning for the show has ready started and registrations should be sent to the chapter the first of March. You do not have to wait to reserve a room at the Lodge.