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Bar Harbor Classic Boat Show returns to Gull Lake

The free boat show at Bar Harbor Supper Club in Lake Shore, presented by the Bob Speltz Land O Lakes chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society, will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27.

A man standing in a 1946 Gar Wood classic boat along the dock.
This show will have almost 100 boats from as far away as Michigan, Illinois and Iowa and will be featuring Canadian boats this year. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch
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LAKE SHORE — Like floating on a piece of glass, the rich mahogany and storied traditions of the past will once again come to Gull Lake as more than 100 classic and antique boats take to the water for the 12th annual Bar Harbor Classic Boat Show.

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The free boat show at Bar Harbor Supper Club in Lake Shore, presented by the Bob Speltz Land O Lakes chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society, will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, on the north shore of Gull Lake near the channel to Upper Gull Lake.

The Antique and Classic Boat Society is an international organization founded in 1974 with more than 7,000 members and over 50 local chapters around the world.

This year’s classic boat show will feature Canadian-built mahogany boats, said John Allen, owner of Bar Harbor Supper Club, who looks forward to seeing around 20 pieces of Canadian boat building history out on the lake.

“This show will have almost 100 boats from as far away as Michigan, Illinois and Iowa and will be featuring Canadian boats,” said Allen. “Most Canadian boats were built in the Muskoka Lakes area of Ontario by a number of different Canadian boat builders. Whether that would be Ditchburn or Greavette, Minett Shields, or Earl Barnes, It was the mahogany boat center of Canada.”

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Allen said he was looking forward to having all the boating history out on the lake as the Canadian-made boats were more of a limited production.

“Earl Barnes (made boats), there'll be two or three Earl Barnes boats at the show tomorrow,” said Allen. “He only built 37 boats and seven or eight exist now. They'll probably be seven or eight Ditchburn’s out at the show and … Lee Anderson's Minetta, which is I think 105 years old. And so, some extraordinary boats with remarkable providence that span 100 years in some cases and represent the finest of the best boats ever built.”

People start lining the shore outside of Bar Harbor Supper Club around 6 a.m. to watch all the show has to offer.

“The rising sun, the staging of the boats and the mist coming off the water. It's as magical as it gets on Gull Lake,” said Allen.

The Show

The Bar Harbor Classic Boat Show is free and goes from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

The Bar Harbor Supper Club, 8164 Interlachen Road, in Lake Shore, on the north shore of Gull Lake will host the classic boat show. The club is located about five minutes west of Highway 371 at the Interlachen Road (also known as County Highway 77) and Rainbow Road (also known as County Highway 78).

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TIM SPEIER, staff writer, can be reached on Twitter @timmy2thyme , call 218-855-5859 or email tim.speier@brainerddispatch.com .

Tim Speier joined the Brainerd Dispatch in October 2021, covering Public Safety.
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