MARCH 23, 24, 25th, 2018

General information from the Sunnyland Chapter Website

The Sunnyland Antique Boat Festival is in its 37th year and is the largest antique and classic wood boat show in the United States. The Festival’s footprint is over a third of a mile long and usually has 250 to 300 boats on display. The gate attracts 8 to 10 thousand people and there is literally something for everyone at our event.

The nautical flea market has more than 80 vendors with many hard to find marine parts for sale. We will have several stunning outboard motors on display as well as numerous race boats.

The Sunnyland annual event is in conjunction with spring break as is the kick-off show for the boating season. People from over 26 different states and Canada exhibit. There are several corporate sponsors that make the show a success and they offer many marine products to include new and restored vintage boats.

The Sunnyland chapter is the largest chapter in the ANTIQUE AND CLASSIC BOAT SOCIETY (ACBS) and represents the entire state of Florida. We have over 500 members and the entire show is run with volunteer help.

Each year our show gets bigger and better. We started in Sanford, moved to Mount Dora and for the past 11 years the show has been in Tavares. This is a historical event for the Sunnyland chapter, please plan to join us for fun in the sun.


Click on either link to find out details and registration information for the St. Johns River Cruises before and after the Tavares Event.

St. Johns River Cruise SOUTHBOUND March 18th – 22nd

St. Johns River Cruise NORTHBOUND March 25th – 30th

Due to destruction of the City of Tavares docks, this year’s show will be land display only. We have plenty of land display space along the show site waterfront, and we’ve added several unique events to make sure your experience will be a great one. Check out the show events schedule on our website.

So come on down to sun-filled Florida and join your fellow antique and classic boating friends for a wonderful weekend of fun. We guarantee it! 

  • You must pre-register for this event – 2018  On-Line Registration Is Available Here
  • You can receive a paper registration form by calling Bill or Kathleen Root at 352-324-6010.
  • You must provide a photo of your boat.  If you registered the same boat last year, we can use last year’s photo. 
  • We encourage payment using Pay-Pal, but accept US Checks.  Sorry, we can no longer accept out of country checks!

General Admission

  • $10.00 for all three days
  • Free Parking at the City Garage

Thursday, March 22—6pm

Friday, March 23—9am to 5pm

  • All exhibits open
  • Food Court
  • Nautical Flea Market
  • Field of Dreams (Antique Boats for Sale)
  • Sunnyland Ship’s Store—clothing, boat show items for sale
  • Live Beach Music
  • Sea Plane Rides available for a fee

Saturday, March 24—8:30am to 5pm

  • 9am Opening Ceremony
  • All Exhibits Open
  • ALL NEW FOR THIS YEAR – FESTIVAL OF SPEED  – over 60 antique and classic cars to complement our beautiful boats on display
  • Free Educational Symposium hosted by ACBS (Tavares City Hall Auditorium 9:30AM-4:30PM)  For a list of the Symposium Topics Click Here
  • Ladies Style Show And Lunch amp; hosted by EM’Z on Fifth at the Mount Dora Yacht Club – Bus leaves from main gate at 11:15 – Tickets Required $25 and can be purchased with your show registration – You must register for this event!
  • Food Court
  • Live Beach Band Music
  • Woody Cars
  • Amphicars
  • Nautical Flea Market
  • Field of Dreams (Antique boats for sale)
  • Sea Plane Rides

Sunday, March 25—8:30am to 12pm (weather permitting)

  • Free Parking in City Garage
  • Awards Ceremony 9AM
  • Church Services at 10AM
  • Free Admission after 1pm
  • Shows Starts to Wind Down at 1pm
  • All Exhibits Open
  • Food Court
  • Nautical Flea Market
  • Field of Dreams (Antique Boats for sale)

Online Registration is available here.  Check the Sunnyland website for more details.

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