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Show attendees will head Down East

AUGUST 9 - Folks from all over New England will go to Rockland, Maine, starting Friday for the 2006 Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show. The show, which runs through Sunday, will feature more than 100 boats and marine accessories, as well as some of Maine’s finest architects, boatbuilders, furniture makers and musicians.

One of the highlights of the show, presented by Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors magazine, will be the fourth annual World Championship Boatyard Dog Trials. Dogs and their handlers will maneuver through a timed obstacle course that, in past years, has included obstacles like negotiating a tippy dock, jumping in and out of dinghies and fetching objects from the water.

Some of the boats that will be on display include the Dark Harbor 17 by Artisan Boatworks, the M42 from Morris Yachts and the C.W. Paine-designed Spirit of Tradition day racer from French & Webb. In addition to the boats there will be Optimist pram racing, small boat demonstrations, model boat building and live music.

Show hours are Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $10 per person. A two-day pass can be purchased for $15 and a three-day pass for $25. Children under 12 get in free. No pets are allowed on the show grounds.

— Jason Fell