Organizers Roger Stouff and Gary Blum welcomed the owners of nearly 30 boats to Franklin in 2011, and expect substantially more during this year’s event set for April 20-22.
The first show saw a dozen boats show up, three of which were from outside of St. Mary Parish. The show ran on Saturday only.
Last year year, 28 boats were on the bayou side and in Bayou Teche at Parc sur la Teche. Participants included owners of wooden boats from Alabama, Mississippi, Ruston, Lafayette, Denham Springs and more.
The success of that show cinched the deal: The Bayou Teche Wooden Boat Show would continue.
Word of mouth has spread news of the event, from Biloxi to Oklahoma and beyond. Participants left Franklin and praised the show and the city among other wooden boat clubs and owners.
The show is held in conjunction with the Bayou Teche Black Bear Festival on the grounds of Parc sur la Teche between Adams Street and Jackson Street. It begins Friday, April 20 at 6 p.m. and continues through Sunday, April 22.
The two organizers have created the Louisiana Maritime Heritage Foundation, LLC to foster and promote appreciation for these classic and antique vessels.
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