Whether you like to sail on a traditional wooden boat, admire old and new boats from the docks, observe boats being built or watch boat races, you’ll find plenty to do in Beaufort on Saturday during the 41st annual Wooden Boat Show and eighth annual Beaufort National Boatbuilding Challenge.
The N.C. Maritime Museum will host the free exhibits and demonstrations 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Boatbuilding runs 11-3:30 in the West Boardwalk Parking Lot, followed by rowing races.
An opening reception starts at 5:30 Friday at the Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center.
Tickets cost $10. Find the schedule at www.ncmaritimemuseums.com/beaufort.
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Restoration work: One of the boats usually displayed at the Wooden Boat Show won’t appear this year but will be represented at the 5:30-7 p.m. Saturday awards reception.
Sylvia II, a Core Sounder built in the 1930s, has been selected for the N.C. Register of Historic Vessels. The vessel is in Southport undergoing restoration.
Bob Graham of Southport, who bought the vessel a year ago, said he has asked that the historic designation certificate be presented to former owner Bob Simpson of Morehead City for his decades of stewardship.
The restoration is progressing, but “it’s one of those projects that until you get into what you’re looking at, you really don’t know what you’re looking at,” Graham said. “There was a lot more work than anticipated.”
Simpson, a retired freelance columnist who wrote for The News & Observer’s outdoors page, is happy to see Graham’s commitment.
“I think that things have turned out the way I had hoped they would,” he said. “I’m real pleased.”
Follow the work at www.facebook.com/savingsylviaii. For reception tickets, which cost $10, contact the museum at 252-728-7317.
Striper season: Fishermen have three additional days to harvest striped bass in the Roanoke River Management Area. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission extended the season until midnight Sunday. Harvest was to close Thursday, but some quota remains available. Find regulations at www.ncwildlife.org/fishing.
Fairgrounds show: The Dixie Gun and Knife Show returns to the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10-5 Sunday. Admission is $9.
Legislation: House Bill 640, the Outdoor Heritage Act before the General Assembly, passed the House on Tuesday. Follow HB640 and check other bills at www.ncleg.net.
Barbecue: The Hillsborough Sportfishing Club will hold a chicken barbecue fundraiser 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday across from Walmart in Hillsborough. Plates cost $7. The club’s N.C. Offshore Challenge is May 15-17 out of Morehead City and Wanchese. Go to www.hillsboroughsfc.com.
Fly fishing: Bass Pro Shops in Cary will host a beginner’s fly casting clinic 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. The limit is 12 people. The cost is $25. Contact instructor Dan Estrem at 919-677-5100.
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