MANATEE -- A replica of a 1920s Florida-style fishing boat is expected to make a splash Saturday at the 14th annual Palma Sola Botanical Park Plant, Antiques and Crafts Sale.
The wooden sailboat from the Maritime Museum in Cortez made the five-minute trip by truck to a lake behind the Galleria Building at the park.
“It’s gratifying to see,” said Bob Pitt, of the Maritime Museum. The boat was recently built in a 1920s design for three fishermen. “It’s a traditional Florida boat.”
He said having it on the lake is a way to remind people about Florida’s boat-building tradition.
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Park board member Janice Fritzmeier is looking forward to Saturday’s event.
“It’s a beautiful place and a lovely place to be,” she said.
The annual event is used as a fundraiser for the park with profits going to operations.
In the past, thousands have attended the event, which includes guided tours offered by the rare fruit council, food, live music, plants and other attractions.
Vendors will also sell everything from sweets to planting goods.
“It should be a lot of fun,” Fritzmeier said. “I want it to feel like a festival.”
Al Semago, board member for the park, said he feels details such as the boat will add something special to the event.
“It adds something to the ambiance,” he said.
The event is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 9800 17th Ave. NW. For more information, call (941) 761-2866.