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Madisonville Wooden Boat Festival Highlights Maritime Traditions

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Every year, the Wooden Boat Festival in Madisonville honors the rich history of handcrafted wooden boats that helped shape the state’s history, industry and culture for more than 200 years. Held each year in October, the weekend-long festival attracts more than 30,000 attendees and hundreds of boats that line the banks of the Tchefuncte River.

One of the highlights is the display of traditional traditional Louisiana vessels – pirogues and lake skiffs – as well as steamboats and modern wooden watercraft.

With miniboat races, robotics demonstrations and members of a woodworkers’ guild helping children assemble precut wood pieces into toy boats, the Children’s Village means all-day fun for young festival attendees. During the popular boat-building competition, small teams skilled in carpentry race to build and launch a new boat. In addition to the historic watercraft on exhibit, more than 100 antique cars are displayed at the Classic Car Cruise-In.

Throughout the festival weekend, local vendors sell regional food specialties, furniture and other handmade crafts. A stage features live music until late in the evening.

Photo Credit: Madisonville Wooden Boat Festival