2013 will mark our 6th event which has now become a bi-annual event. In 2011 our event was cancelled due to high water. We have since changed our May date to June to avoid possible high water conditions and to not be in conflict with other area events that are now scheduled in May. For our 2013 "That Was Then, This Is Now" we are going all out to say "Thank You!" for the past great events! The event that started out on a whim has grown to be the place to be and this year we are going all out to celebrate.
Our goal and theme for 2013 is simple . . . . "Have a Great Time!" For 2013 we are the second weekend of the month, June 7-9, 2013. Friday we will be having a river cruise for any boaters who are here early along with our participant Hog Roast on Friday evening. Saturday the 8th we will have a full day with the park full of boats, cars, motorcycles, and our events in the park including the Cardboard Boat Regattas, and Gutterboat Regattas, along with hovercraft displays and contest for the kids. Saturday evening there will be a Movie in the Park along with a Riverboat Cruise on the Mississippi for participants both Friday and Saturday evening. On Sunday, June 9, the event will mainly be remaining boats and cars for anyone coming to enjoy but will dismiss at 2:00 to 3:00 pm. We have found many people start leaving early to go back home on Sunday so if you are coming to the event as a spectator we encourage you to see all the main activities on Saturday. We will still have the park for the 9th and encourage you to stay and mingle so people can also see your boats and cars, but it is not as attended as the Saturday of the show. Just the way it is. We want to make sure the spectators who come on Sunday realize this.
Cost to register and be a spectator is one and the same . . . free! Thanks to our community and the sponsorships in the form of financial, or services, we are able to bring you this event!
So where is Muscatine, and what qualifies as far as being a show worthy entry? We are centrally located no more than 4 hours from any Midwest City including Minneapolis, Chicago, St. Louis, Madison, Des Moines, and Omaha. We reside in the middle of all of them and right on the Mighty Mississippi with over 30 acres of waterfront park. What qualifies is anything that is of interest to the spectators or others. We have antique bicycles, antique and classic boats of all types, racing boats old and new, hovercrafts, motorcycles of all kinds, Scooter Clubs with their Vespa Scooters, RC scaled boats, cars, and planes, race cars, antique cars, muscle cars, import cars, swap meet for boats, cars, and bikes, and related vendors.
We also have a Cardboard Boat Regatta that is very popular and details for registration are on the registration page of this website. We also will have the Gutterboat Nationals which were a hit from the 2010 event and open to anyone. If you want to be a participant register on this website registration page and the registration cost is free. As long as you want to come and have a great time and make new friends, you are invited.
This is the only event of this type in the nation where you can see everything at one place and free. Take advantage of the reduced room rates on our website lodging page, but make your reservations early. Check the website map page and you will see we are an easy drive from most locations. We have one objective here and that is to provide a non-political event where everyone just has a good time. There is no judging of anything except the approval of the public and participants to keep on rolling from year to year. We want to give you a first class event that will become one of your favorite events every other year.
Give us a try, you will not be disappointed! ! !