Friday, July 19, 2013


CLAYTON, New York (July 19, 2013) – The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America’s premier freshwater nautical museum based in Clayton, New York, announced today a complete guide to the longest running Antique Boat Show in North America, hosted by the ABM, to be held Friday, August 2 through Sunday, August 4.

The 49th edition of the annual Antique Boat Show & Auction will feature a wide variety of antique and classic boats from near and far, including the 2013 marque boat of the show – Century. In addition, the Marketplace returns with more vendors than in 2012, unique forums will be held, the popular boat auction will take place on Saturday at 1:00 p.m., and the ABM education department has lined up an assortment of children’s activities throughout the weekend.

Plus, Jake the Pirate, makes a guest appearance on August 3 between 10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Below is a complete guide to what every visitor to the show needs to know:

SHOW HOURS                                 Friday, August 2                9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
                                                                Saturday, August 3          9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
                                                                Sunday, August 4             9:00 a.m. – Noon

Note: ABM will remain open through 5:00 p.m. on August 4

ADMISSION RATES                          Members                            Free
Adult                                     $15 (Friday/Saturday); $13 (Sunday)
                                                                Youth (7-17)                       $10 (Friday/Saturday); $7 (Sunday)
                                                                Youth (6 & under)            Free
                                                                Active/Retired Military  Free
                                                                Military Spouse                 $10 (all weekend)
                                                                Military Youth                    $5 (all weekend)
                                                                Adult 3-Day Pass              $30
                                                                Youth 3-Day Pass             $20

ADMITTANCE TO THE SHOW      Visitors will be directed to the ABM’s Boat Shop located on the corner of Mary Street and Alexandria Street to purchase admission bracelets or check-in as a member. In addition, all media should enter at this location as well to receive proper credentials.

Note: the entire ABM campus, including the Marketplace vendor area and the auction will be fenced in and admission will be required to enter.

SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES             Show opens on Friday, August 2 at 9:00 a.m.
Boat Auction, conducted by Antique Boat America, takes place Saturday, August 3 at 1:00 p.m.
                                                                Show concludes with the Grand Parade on Sunday, August 4 at Noon
Note: For the complete schedule
see below the following .

PARKING                                             Available at Guardino Elementary with shuttle service; village street parking is permitted, however the ABM asks that you be considerate of our neighbors and avoid blocking sidewalks and driveways; the ABM Community Lot located on Riverside Drive behind Watertown Savings Bank will be utilized by the Museum and should remain clear of all vehicles and trailers beginning on Thursday, August 1 through Sunday August 4 at 5:00 p.m.

DOCKING                                            Visitors coming to the show by boat may dock on a first come-first serve basis along the Mary Street Municipal Dock. Visitors may pay admission with cash on the dock or the captain of the boat can be escorted to the Boat Shop admissions area on behalf of his/her crew for check-in. No docking will be permitted on the ABM docks for the general public during Boat Show weekend.

                                                                In addition, the ABM asks that boaters be courteous and neighborly when cruising near the Museum and keep wakes to a minimum.

SMOKING                                           Smoking will only be permitted within designated areas on the grounds. No smoking will be allowed on the main campus or the docks.

DOGS                                                    Dogs will only be allowed in the Marketplace and street-side areas of the event grounds. No dogs will be permitted into buildings or the interior main campus of the ABM.  Owners are responsible for cleaning up after their dog and keeping them leashed at all times.

NEW FOR 2013                                  In Honor Of - the ABM will institute a new award in 2013, in honor of the late Robert O. Cox, co-founder the ABM. The Robert O. Cox “Founders Award” will recognize a boat within the 1960s era, which corresponds with the founding of the Museum in its original form.

After Hours at the Boat Show – Saturday, August 3, 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. – open to the public – come enjoy a dinner by The Clipper Inn, live music by the Sam Hopkins Band, cash bar, and after hours access to the docks to enjoy the beauty of the boats. Tickets only $28 and can be reserved by calling 315-686-4104.

                                                                For the kids – Jake the Pirate – bring the kids on Saturday, August 3 and meet costume character “Jake the Pirate” from 10:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. in the Children’s Activity Area.

Sunday Show Hours – the show hours on Sunday, August 4 differ from recent years in an effort to allow exhibitors the opportunity to depart at a reasonable time. The show will run on Sunday from 9:00 a.m. until the start of the Grand Parade at Noon. The Museum will remain open until 5:00 p.m.

Show Grounds – the entire Boat Show & Auction will be fenced this year. Fencing will line Alexandria Street to the end of the ABM property, along the ABM lawn behind the Gold Cup building, a portion along Theresa Street and over to the Mary Street dock. The main entrance to the show will be at the ABM Boat Shop on the corner of Alexandria Street and Mary Street. All visitors must obtain wristbands or badges to enter.
Complete Schedule:
49th Annual Antique Boat Show Auction featuring Century Boats
Antique Boat Museum - Clayton, NY

Thursday, August 1
9:00-5:00 Registration, located in tent on corner of Mary St. & Alexandria St.
1:00-4:00 River Cruise for Exhibitors and Marketplace only, pre-registration required
3:00-5:00 Tour of Doebler Storage Facility, East Line Rd. Clayton, NY
5:45-6:45 Welcome Reception for Exhibitors and Vendors
Sponsored by ACBS 1000 Islands Chapter, held on Gaffney Porch
Friday, August 2
9:00-5:00 Boat Show open to public: Water/Land Displays/Marketplace
9:30-4:00 Children's Crafts and Games:
Paddleboat models (while supplies last) & lawn games, in Kids Activity Yard
11:00 Forum hosted in Robert O. Cox Theatre: Tony Mollica speaks about Hutchinson Boatworks
12:00-3:00 "Sink or Win Contest!" Creative boat competition for kids & adults
Boat construction 12-2, float contest at 2:30, $5 entrance fee, hosted in Main Tent
3:00-5:00 Tour of Doebler Storage Facility, East Line Rd. Clayton, NY
3:00-5:00 Forums hosted in Robert O. Cox Theatre
3:00 Paul Miklos presents the history of Century's Runabouts & Racers
4:00 Chief Judge John Howard reviews judging procedures

Saturday, August 3
9:00-5:00 Boat Show open to public: Water/Land Displays/Marketplace
8:00 Judging Begins
9:00-12:00 Youth Judging (pre-registration required, meet at Admissions)
9:30-4:00 Children's Crafts and Games:
Freighter model (while supplies last) & lawn games, in Kids Activity Yard
10:30-2:00 Jake the Pirate on campus to visit with kids
12:30-1:30 Forum hosted in Robert O. Cox Theatre: Paul Miklos presents The 60's, Century's Transition
1:00 Boat Auction conducted by Antique Boat America, held in main parking lot
2:00-5:00 Oral Histories with ABM Educator Julie Broadbent in Robert O. Cox Theatre
No story is too small! Drop in and share your memories to be recored in ABM Archives
6:00 Reception for Exhibitors, Vendors, & Sponsors: Appetizers and cash bar, in Main Tent
7:00-9:00 After-Hours at the Boat Show - Dinner and Dancing in the Main Tent
Dinner by the Clipper Inn, $28 per person
Cash bar, music by The Sam Hopkins Band

Sunday, August 5
9:00-12:00 Boat Show open to public: Water/Land Display/Marketplace
9:30-4:00 Children's Crafts and Games:
Boat ornament craft (while supplies last) & lawn games, in Kids Activity Yard
10:00 Brunch - New this year! By the Clipper Inn, $15 per person, in Main Tent
10:30-11:30 Awards Program hosted in Main Tent (brunch ticket not required)
11:30 Parade Meeting: ABM captains review parade route/procedures, held in Main Tent
12:00 Grand Parade from ABM to downtown Clayton waterfront
Show concludes at end of parade, exhibitors and vendors can pack and depart. ABM remains open until 5:00.
12:00-3:00 "If You Build It, You Could Win!" Creative boat competition for kids & adults, hosted in Main Tent
Build models with recycled materials, entrance $5, 1st place wins Family Membership!