Largest East Coast Antique and Classic Boat Festival Set for March 23-25 in Tavares

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TAVARES, Fla., Jan. 12, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- If you've always wanted a close-up view of a boat like James Bond's or an exciting ride in a seaplane, cruise over to the Sunnyland Antique Boat Festival on Lake Dora at Wooton Park in Tavares on March 23, 24, and 25, 2012. Those are just a couple of the highlights planned for the 25th anniversary of the largest antique and classic boat show on America's East Coast.

"The festival definitely will have multiple facets," said Terry Fiest, chairman for the 2012 event. "We'll have many different types of antique, vintage, and classic boats, including Glasspars similar to ones featured in James Bond movies and the actual boats used in the 1981 movie On Golden Pond, which starred Henry Fonda. We also are planning an 80-vendor flea market that will feature many nautical items."

In addition to hundreds of vessels on display in Wooten Park, the festival will offer boat and seaplane rides on Lake Dora. Ground transportation also will have a role during the three-day event with the Central Florida Woody Car Club on hand to showcase vintage automobiles. And rides aboard an old-fashioned steam train will delight the entire family.

"All modes of transportation will be represented this year," Fiest said. "We also plan to have a rail speedster on display, which is a small car that runs on railroad tracks."

The Sunnyland Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society represents all of Florida and is the largest ACBS chapter with more than 640 members. The chapter 's annual festival is considered one of the best in the country, drawing as many as 10,000 visitors from all over the U.S. and Canada.

Several specialty boat clubs will be represented during the festival including Florida's Glasspar and Jersey Skiff clubs. Fiest said many members of the Classic Race Boat Association also plan to stay for the Sunnyland Antique Boat Festival after they complete a racing event on March 17-18 on Lake Dora.

Admission to the Sunnyland Antique Boat Festival is $5 per day or $10 for all three days. Free parking will be available at the Tavares City Garage at 200 N. Sinclair Ave. For more information, please visit the Sunnyland Chapter's web site at .

Online registration forms for the festival are now available.

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