Georgetown Wooden Boat Show raises funds for damaged museum

The 24th Annual Wooden Boat Show was held in Georgetown Saturday, just a month after a fire that destroyed 7 buildings on Front Street.

The show benefited the South Carolina Maritime Museum which was the only building along a section of the street to survive last month's tragic fire.

Event organizer Johnny Weaver said he'll never forget when the fire broke out, which displaced nearly 10 families and left 130 people out of work.

He explained that firefighters managed to preserve the museum. It suffered only minimal smoke and water damage.

Weaver added that Saturday's event was a sign that the city of Georgetown was really starting to bounce back from the loss, with streets lined with boats and filled with people.

"For downtown Georgetown to come back with this rubble back here behind us with all of this devastation, to have an event like this where we are literally bringing down thousands of people to downtown let people know that the rest of the shops are open, Georgetown is alive and well and a thriving place," he explained.

More than 130 classic wooden boats were on display on Front Street and in the water along the boardwalk.

Vessels ranged in size from kayaks to large yachts and were exhibited in 16 categories. Model boats and other maritime related commercial and educational exhibits were also on display.