The Wooden Boat Show is still getting the green light

GEORGETOWN COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Twenty days ago, a fire pummeled its way through eight Front Street businesses in Georgetown before it stopped at the South Carolina Maritime Museum, thanks to a fire wall placed in the building back in the 1930's.

Now the museum will re-open its doors Saturday for the 23rd Annual Wooden Boat Show. The museum did suffer smoke and odor damage from the fire. Tuesday, museum volunteers were back in the space getting ready by organizing the shelves, getting the auction items on display and folding up some of the inventory. 

Mac Mcalister is a board member for the museum, and he said he is expecting more people to attend the event this weekend for two reasons: there has been a growing interest in the museum recently, and because of the community's desire to help rebuild downtown.

"We think it will help the city of Georgetown get back on its feet for one thing," said Mcalister when questioned about not having canceled the annual event. "We also had a lot of people signed up for the exhibits. We didn't want to let them down."

The Wooden Boat Show on average raises $60,000 to put towards the yearly operation costs, but this year organizers are anticipating even more money.

Carol Gainey is volunteering at the museum to get ready for this weekend's event, and she said she knows Georgetown will be able to bounce back. "It's truly amazing to see how the people of Georgetown have all pulled together to help those who suffered losses. It's just a community and a team effort."

Friday an auction is being held in conjunction with the boat show. People will be also collecting for the fire relief fund during the boat show this coming weekend. 

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