Event Information - Portage Lakes Antique & Classic Boat Show 2021

Portage Lakes Antique & Classic Boat Show 2021


On Saturday September 11th, plan to attend the Portage Lakes 45th annual antique and classic boat show. This free event will be held from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the docks, lakeside, at Pick’s on PLX restaurant and the Harbor Docks, 530 Portage Lakes Drive in Coventry Township, Ohio, just 5 miles south of downtown Akron. There will be over 50 beautiful wood and vintage fiberglass boats, both in the water and on land displaying the elegance and craftsmanship of America’s skilled boat manufacturers.

Interested in purchasing a classic boat of your own? There will also be a “Field of Dreams Sale Lot” with boats for sale on display, so bring your checkbook. North Coast Ohio local chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society will host this show.

The Antique and Classic Boat Society (ACBS) is an international organization devoted to the preservation and recognition of all types of personal watercraft with 54 chapters throughout North America and Europe. The North Coast Ohio Chapter of ACBS with over 120 members is highly active in restoring, showing, and using their unique boats. Many of these members will have their boats on display at this show.

The show, traditionally held on the Saturday preceding the fourth of July celebrations in Portage Lakes, was postponed until the September date to allow for larger crowds and unrestricted viewing due to COVID-19 virus. Show management will follow all state and local guidelines on sanitation and social distancing in place then.

In the last few years, there has been growing interest in the original fiberglass boats which became popular in the late 1960’s as wood boat production was phased out due to shortages of mahogany, production costs, and desire for easier to maintain boats. Those earlier model fiberglass boats had unique designs influenced by the finned automobiles of the late 50’s and 60’s. You will see some of those boats at the show sporting restored outboard motors.

There will be some award-winning boats from all around Ohio, New York and Pennsylvania at this year’s show.

Come and enjoy a lavish breakfast and dockside dining at Pick’s on PLX Restaurant next to the gleaming chrome and sparkling, varnished, floating works of art. The always popular collectable show posters and t-shirts will be for sale. Over 50 fine local businesses and organizations have sponsored this unique event that is one of the longest running antique boat shows in the U.S. Along with the North Coast Ohio Chapter of ACBS our co-sponsor of the show is the Portage Lakes Historical Society.

Do not miss this celebration of summertime and beautiful boats on the Portage Lakes, Saturday September 11th. For show information contact show chairman, Gil Maringer, 216-310-7475. For registration materials, contact John Vorhies, 330-802-1545.



Who are the official sponsors?
North Coast Ohio Chapter of The Antique & Classic Boat Society
The Portage Lakes Historical Society

Who is officially in charge?
Show chairman: Gil Maringer
Sponsors: David “Bud” Long
Registration: John Vorhies
Media: Walt Stashkiw

What is their email address?
Gil: gbmaringer@juno.com
Bud: David_Bud_Long@msn.com
John: vorhiesjr@yahoo.com
Walt: wstashkiw650@gmail.com

Where will it be held? Day? Date? Time? Etc.
Pick’s on PLX Restaurant,530 Portage Lakes Drive, Akron, Ohio 44319
Saturday, September 11, 2021
9AM – 3PM rain or shine
Free admission

Any special entry this year?
See above

Any special anything this year?
See above

How many boats are expected?

Will brunch be available to the boat patrons?
Regular menu at Pick’s on PLX restaurant

Awards will be given to what categories?
Non Powered Category
Classic Outboards
Late Classic Outboards
Contemporary Classics
Antique Runabouts
Classic Runabouts
Utilities Under 20’
Utilities 20’ and Over
Late Classic Runabouts
FiberGlassics(fiberglass boats)
Race boats
Best Amateur Restoration
Best Century
Best Lyman
Best Chris Craft
People’s Choice Awards
Antique and Classic Boat Society’s “Most Original Boat Award”
Ned Mohrman Memorial Trophy: (Best Portage Lakes, boat and owners)

Will there be a People’s Choice Award?
Yes, managed by the Portage Lakes Historical Society

Is the Awards Dinner open to the public?
No, show participants, at the Turkeyfoot Island Club, 5:30PM, June 24
Dinner reservations required

Is the awards presentation open to the public?
Yes, following dinner

The event is finished.


Sep 11 2021


9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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